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Stephanie Borg ... November 08, 2011

Comment noted Rahul. Thanks for sharing your view on Kadhafi's execution. I personnaly share your concern for the way he was killed and for the need of justice, which we will probably elaborate on during an upcoming webinar. But here are some elements we shall also take into account while looking at the situation in Libya after the downfall of his regime: - Libya has been at war for more than 6 months, with Col. Kadhafi's forces indeed waging attacks on civilians especially in the city of Misrata in April-May. You will then notice that his killers were from Misrata. Vengeance is, unfortunately, a frequent and quite unavoidable act of war. - Col. Kadhafi could have surrendered and, most probably, he would have been protected by NATO and avoided the destruction of the whole city of Syrte. - That being said, his execution bears the mark of chaos everybody is worried about in Libya, and discredit largely the Nato-led operation which was made possible by a twisted UN resolution. Twisted in the sense that UN resolution 1973 became an instrument of war, to overthrow his regime, rather than a tool to protect civilians, as it should have been. Result: no chance to get a similar resolution regarding Syria... - And finally, for the sake of debate, one question should be asked: was his indictment by the ICC adequate? In reality, this decision, taken after the case was referred to the ICC by the UN Security Council, cornered the ex-Libyan leadership into war at all costs. This again, shall be a matter of reflection.

Rahul (not verified) October 28, 2011

It was very painful to see the barbaric way of killing of a person who lead the Country for 42 years. He and his style of functioning may not have been liked, but, he was Head of a State who steered his Country for it's present standing. In fact, he was the savior for the rich oil reserves of Libya as NATO allies are now speculating for it's share in return for their support to National Transitional Council. ( Source : CNN ). In death, everything gets settled and he should be accorded all respect that is due to a Statesman. It is not proper to keep his stripped body in a meat freezer. He should be given an honourable burying befitting for an ex - Head of State and in line with his religious rites.

Deok (not verified) March 20, 2012

France crushed the then daccoratimelly elected FIS in Algeria from assuming power thereby denying the people the right to choose Islamic government. Prior to that Italy planted Gaddafi to prevent Islamic rule in Libya. The West did the same with Hamas in Palestine.However the ground realities have change to the extent that Gaddafi having eliminated ALL/ANY opposition to his rule is unable to be succeeded by another Western puppet; unlike the situation in Tunisia & Egypt, which still have the existing regime structure in place, though their respective figure-head Presidents have fled. This means the masses in Libya are for the first time, ‘free’ to establish an Islamic State as there are no remnants of Gaddafi regime remaining as an obstacles. Hence, EU, US stand to lose a major source of oil and thus “reasons” must be manufactured for them to intervene militarily. The stakes are too high for them to pay mere lip service.Meanwhile chants on Libyan streets remain: ALLAHU AKBAR!

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