Breaking from Libya: Qaddafi killed

Via Shakesville, we find out Qaddafi has been killed:

Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, the former Libyan strongman who fled into hiding after rebels toppled his regime two months ago in the Arab Spring’s most tumultuous uprising, was killed Thursday as fighters battling the vestiges of his loyalist forces wrested control of his hometown of Surt, the interim government announced.

Al Jazeera television showed what it said was Colonel Qaddafi’s corpse lying on the ground…and an apparent gunshot wound to the side of the head, as jubilant fighters fired automatic weapons in the air. The images punctuated an emphatic and violent ending to his four decades as a ruthless and bombastic autocrat who had basked in his reputation as the self-styled king of kings of Africa.

“We have been waiting for this moment for a long time. Muammar Qaddafi has been killed,” Mahmoud Jibril, the prime minister of the interim government, told a news conference in Tripoli.

I can’t help sharing Melissa’s sentiment that it’s difficult to celebrate the death of any human being — but I also don’t blame or judge Libyans for rejoicing.


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  • nazza

    I saw on the news that there will be a difficulty in Libya forming a democracy, should that be the system they want. Unlike other countries who have recently had civil wars or unrest, there was no system of courts, voting, or basic infrastructure. The dictator ruled with an iron fist.

    It will be interesting to see how things shake out from now going forward.