Death of Gaddafi leads to liberation of Libya

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Jennifer Werner
jwerner2@radford.edu

On Thursday, Oct. 20, history was made as Muammar Gaddafi’s 42-year tyrannical regime came to an end. As news spread that Gaddafi had been killed two months after he was removed from power and forced into hiding, an elated crowd erupted into cheers and shouts of victory.

According to sandraoffthestrip.com,  Gaddafi has committed heinous and brutal crimes against his people. These crimes include torturing people to death, shooting unarmed protestors, attacking ambulances and hospitals, using ambulances to move troops and to attack protestors, killing doctors for treating injured people after he closed the hospitals, destroying mosques, creating chaos by using sleeper cells in Benghazi to shoot at civilians, and other atrocious acts.

Gaddafi is also said to be behind the 1988 terrorist bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie Scotland which killed 270 people, according to the Huffington Post.

Following his death during his final battle in Sirte, Gaddafi’s hometown, Gaddafi’s body was taken to the city of Misrata, where it was stashed in a cold storage unit used to keep perishables by local restaurants. The body could be seen for several days sprawled out on a mattress at the bottom of the freezer with a bullet still visibly lodged in the left side of Gaddafi’s blood streaked head. There was also a bullet wound in his chest and stomach.
A coroner’s report stated that Gaddafi died on his way to the hospital from the gunshot to the head after being found in a drainage pipe. Fox News reported that it is still unknown who fired the fatal shot.

According to BBC news, there is pressure from the international community to perform an investigation to explain exactly how Gaddafi was killed.

Film footage that was released shows Gaddafi alive at the time in which he was taken captive. He was pushed and shoved as he struggled to escape. After being shot, Gaddafi’s body was paraded around Misrata, the city that had been victim of one of Gaddafi’s brutal sieges.

In a survey of Radford University students  who were asked if Gaddafi’s death was handled in the best way, Courtney Treon stated, “Not at all. He is still a human being who feels fear and panic. Also, it was entirely degrading and disrespectful to human life, especially when they displayed his body in a meat locker. That’s a barbaric and weak way to begin a new government.”

Many individuals found peace in Gaddafi’s death after losing a loved one in the Pan Am bombing according to Fox News.

However RU student Alex Bellofatto disagrees, “I don’t think justice is ever served when it comes to a lost life brought by misfortune.

Despite claims that Gaddafi loyalists wanted him killed because his death was to their benefit, Libyan leader, Mustafa Abdul Jalil, claimed that Gaddafi’s opposition would much rather have seen him stand trial and eventually suffer in prison.

On Friday, Oct. 21, NATO officials released a statement acknowledging that they had performed a strike on a set of pro-Gaddafi convoys.

“At the time of the strike, NATO did not know that Gaddafi was in the convoy. NATO’s intervention was conducted solely to reduce the threat towards the civilian population, as required to do under our UN mandate. As a matter of policy, NATO does not target individuals,” the statement said. “We later learned from open sources and Allied intelligence that Gaddafi was in the convoy and that the strike likely contributed to his capture.”

In Benghazi, Sunday, Oct. 23, Jalil officially declared Libya liberated.