There has been a lot of huffing and puffing over how Colonel Gaddafi died. He was to many people a tyrannical monster but some of his enemies hoped that he would stand trial and be held to account.
Of course such a trial would have been lengthy and costly. For some world leaders Gaddafi's death, or should that be summary execution, has let them breath a sigh of relief. Had he been tried in open court he may have spilled the beans on many of them. Much as we all despise despots, at times all leaders do business with them. Look at the images online of a smiling Nicholas Sarkozy or Tony Blair with Gaddafi and you will see what I mean. Various American leaders and politicians have been happy to deal with tyrants, at one time or another.
It seems that many sources feel comfortable believing, or at least saying, that Gaddafi was caught in cross-fire and killed. Although some of the most damning and horrific footage has now been pulled of TV screens and newspapers, many saw the early reports. Gaddafi being dragged, bloodied, to be raised on the bonnet of a vehicle and paraded around town leaves little to the imagination. If he was such a mad dog how come the authorities are so loathe to own up to what happened?.
So it will be more secrets and lies. If Libya is to make a fresh start the truth would have been better. It could then have been put firmly behind the country and its people, where it belongs.
As it is, you now have calls from Human Rights groups for an investigation into how Gaddafi died. You have people questioning if it was one of NATO's bombing raids, that was at least partly responsible. If it was down to such a raid, the question of how far NATO went to supposedly protect Libyan citizens needs to be ansqered. There are reports today that a week ago Gaddafi was trying to barter a way out of Libya.
Discounting all of this there is now the thorny issue of what to do with Gaddafi's mortal remains. Libyan authorities today said that they will keep his body a few days more before it is secretly buried. This goes against the principles of the muslim faith. Perhaps this is to be a form of retribution and they hope to deny him an "after-life"?
Osama bin Laden was buried at sea for many reasons, not least to prevent there being a grave. As long as there is a grave there could be misguided followers willing to worship there and award a hero status. Much better to have a cremation with the ashes scattered to the wind. That said it is a tricky situation right now. Time will tell just how it is resolved.
Now that it has been confirmed that Muammar Gaddafi was killed today, October 20, 2011, the media is full off stories, images and videos about him. Some are biographical, others about the recent uprising in Libya and many include footage of the dead and bloody body of Gaddafi.
Libya is now, hopefully, free to make a fresh start but is this truly possible?
Governments such as that in the UK may claim that there were "no boots on the ground" during the recent uprising but we all know that is not really the case. NATO forces, originally deployed to protect the people of Libya from Gaddafi's rage, carried out many missions in Libya. They also acted as facilitators enpowering ordinary Libyan freedom fighters to take control.
The way Gaddafi died is currently fictitous. I say that as there have been reports stating that his convoy was bombed and he was injured. This is claimed to have led to him hiding out in a large pipe. Here he was discovered and reportedly shot in the head. Yet other stories would have you believe he was captured and died from his injuries.
Amnesty International has now called for an investigation into how Gaddafi died. Whilst few will grieve for this dictator, an inquiry seems a sensible suggestion. After all if we choose our behaviour depending on how we feel about a person anarchy and or chaos will ensue. Amnesty want an independent inquiry but the truth will be hard to ascertain. Personal perspectives will make for varying "truths"
Early footage showed Gaddafi injured but captured. This footage was also said to show him being manhandled by his captors. Later footage has conveniently excluded this footage, rather concentrating on demonising him further. As the dictator that he was, none of this should be needed.
It has been predicted that NATO forces can now leave Libya but will they do so.
The NTC is still a fragile government with no true mandhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvOqSDFGD40ate to rule. Countries in the West will seek oil and Libyan wealth and so have a vested interest in the country. The West has chosen to support many tin-pot dictators when it suits it, as long as their is enough of a reward to do so. So once again I ask "Can Libya and its people make a fresh start?"