It was confirmed this morning that Muammar Gaddafi, the former leader of Libya, is dead. Initial reports indicated that he was killed a NATO aircraft struck Gaddafi’s convoy Thursday, near his hometown of Sirte. But later things got more confusing when it turned out he died of a gunshot wound to the head, which was assumed to be when his vehicle was caught in crossfire fleeing the scene.
But videos and pictures released on Arab broadcast networks, however, showed that he was alive when he was captured by Libyan rebels. In the videos he’s shown alive, being paraded around on the hood of a truck
bound for the city Misrata, where it was to be put on display. By the time he was got there, he was dead, presumably at the hands of his captors. Here’s a link for more of the gory details. (Yes, there’s video too. Pretty clearly NSFW.)
President Obama released a statement that,
“This marks the end of a long and painful chapter for the people of Libya who now have the opportunity to determine their own destiny in a new and democratic Libya.”
Hopefully that works out for them and it doesn’t turn out like Egypt, where the military dissolved parliament and suspend the constitution. Many feel that the military rule is worse than that of Mubarek, especially for coptic Christians certain minorities and expect a second revolution. Meet the new boss, it’s the same as the old boss, as the saying goes.
Perhaps the reason a lot of people aren’t more excited about this is that it’s been almost 30 years since the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, which killed 259, or many of his other acts of political and humanitarian douchebaggery. Except one. The one he’ll go down in history for.
attempted murder of Doctor Emmett Lathrop “Doc” Brown, Ph.D.
Time to start work on my screenplay for Back to the Future 4, in which Doc. Brown time-travels to Tunisia, year 2010, and self-immolates as a drawn-out method of revenge.