Muammar Gaddafi is dead, Libya’s new leaders said, killed by fighters who overran his home town and final bastion on Thursday. His bloodied body was stripped and displayed around the world from cellphone video.
Senior officials in the interim government, which ended his 42-year rule two months ago but had laboured to subdue thousands of diehard loyalists, said his death would allow a declaration of “liberation” after eight months of bloodshed.
“We confirm that all the evils, plus Gaddafi, have vanished from this beloved country,” Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril said in Tripoli as the body was delivered, a prize of war, to Misrata, the city whose siege and suffering at the hands of Gaddafi’s forces made it a symbol of the rebel cause.
“It’s time to start a new Libya, a united Libya,” Jibril added. “One people, one future.” A formal declaration of liberation, that will set the clock ticking on a timeline to elections, would be made by Friday, he said later.
Western leaders, who had held off cautiously from comment until Jibril spoke, echoed his sentiments now that Gaddafi, a self-styled “king of kings” in Africa whom they had lately courted after decades of enmity, was dead at 69.
British Prime Minister David Cameron, who with French President Nicolas Sarkozy was an early sponsor of February’s revolt in Benghazi, said: “People in Libya today have an even greater chance after this news of building themselves a strong and democratic future.”
The new national flag, resurrected by rebels who forced Gaddafi from his capital Tripoli in August, filled streets and squares as jubilant crowds whooped for joy and fired in the air.
In Sirte, a one-time fishing village and Gaddafi’s home town that grandiose schemes had styled a new “capital of Africa”, fighters danced, brandishing a golden pistol they said they had taken from Gaddafi.
Accounts were hazy of his final hours, which also appeared to have cost the lives of senior aides. But top officials of the National Transitional Council, including Abdel Majid Mlegta, said he had died of wounds sustained in clashes.
One possible description, pieced together from various sources, suggests that Gaddafi may have tried to break out of his final redoubt at dawn in a convoy of vehicles after weeks of dogged resistance. However, he was stopped by a NATO air strike and captured, possibly three or four hours later, after gun battles with NTC fighters who found him hiding in a drainage culvert.
NATO said its warplanes fired on a convoy near Sirte about 8:30 a.m. (0630 GMT), striking two military vehicles in the group, but could not confirm that Gaddafi had been a passenger. Accounts from his enemies suggested his capture, and death soon after from wounds, may have taken place around noon.
One of Gaddafi’s sons, heir-apparent Saif al-Islam, was at large, they believed. NTC official Mlegta told Reuters that he was surrounded after also trying to flee Sirte. Another son, Mo’tassim, whose arrest was announced earlier in the day, had been killed resisting his captors, Mlegta added.
This is a good lesson for our leaders too…every leader should step down after 2 terms…good for the country…
May he killed or not…
It’s just about-
“the death by weapons to who took weapons..!”
that’s it & warning lesson for SL politicians…!
Gadaffi met death like Saddam Hussein. He kept his promise bravely not to run away but die in Libya, the land of his birth, the land he ruled… alas too long, so that the few extremist Islamists were able to topple him with help from imperial West, sad to say. The irony is that imperial West helped the very Taliban extremists in Libya, who they are fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq, all because they want to grab Libya’s oil. USA used the Taliban to kick Russia out of Afghanistan ,then they turned they firepower on the Taliban.
The idiots in Libya fail to realise the greed and cunning of imperial West. Soon they will feel the heat of imperial West as they demand their payday with oil and gas for riddinbg Libya of Gadaffi. Libya will become worse off in time than it was under gadaffi.
I wonder what the fate of Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe would be. Fortunately Zimbabwe has no oil. Though he is a tyrant and guilty of gross crimes against humanity, the imperial West cares the less, as Zimbabwe has no oil.
Object lesson to SL is that in the future, if SL has ample gas and oil stocks, imperial West will not sit idly by, but attack SL also to topple MR, to grab the oil. All they need is any old excuse. So I suggest MR not to become too big for his boots, by encouraging politicians like kudu DS with connections to the underworld, to carry out all his dirty work. His friend Gadaffi is setthapochchi now. Imperial West is waiting for the least excuse to kill him also. Kudu DS and his mafia army will be no help to save his bacon.
MR may reminds now his recent visit to Libiya & Gada put a hand over MR’s shoulder too..! It may caused the west to abhor MR. Will MR be deter by this.?
MR sent David Milliband and Bernard Kouchner back home with their tails between their legs, by reminding them we are no longer a colony of imperial West, to do their bidding. They returned humiliated. The West wants revenge now for killing VP and the LTTE wholesale. This upset US agenda for SE Asia.
US will wait for oil and gas to be produced in SL. They will then have their sweet revenge. At the least excuse, US and NATO will hit SL with all their firepower to kill MR as they killed Gaddafi, to grab oil and gas for themselves as well as site US bases in Trinco and Hambantota, to dominate SE Asia against China. They will also subvert and dismantle India into independent States to prevent India from becoming a superpower.
The only cause that prevent US from doing so is the BUDDHISM..! And only if we’ve it then…!
MR and the Gang, see nothing is impossible…………
May Gaddafi and Saddam made mistakes to their people by doing wrong to them, but they both not runaway from their motherland, that sound they respected to homeland. As NICHOLAS mentioned above, the both the countries going to be even worst then before that’s for sure. When the bad democracy come people become mad, see what happening in SL today. SL all leaders must understand and aslo a lesson to them to know what’s going to happens for wrong doing their nation and people. Therefore, better be a respetful leaders for nation for short time and hand over the leadership to others too….
WE WAIT AND SEE WHAT WILL HAPPENS NEXT OR IN FUTURE
May Gaddafi and Saddam made mistakes to their people by doing wrong to them, but they both not runaway from their motherland, that sound they respected to homeland. As NICHOLAS mentioned above, the both the countries going to be even worst then before that’s for sure. When the bad democracy come people become mad, see what happening in SL today. SL all leaders must understand and also a lesson to them to know what’s going to happens for wrong doing their nation and people. Therefore, better be a respetful leaders for nation for short time and hand over the leadership to others too….
WE WAIT AND SEE WHAT WILL HAPPENS NEXT OR IN FUTURE
Brother….hats off to you…you have written everything I wanted to write or hear…
I like the phrase “Setthapochchi”….
I am eagerly waiting to see what MR & Mr. GR would do with DS….
For sure…the pretty nurses or Doctors in the hospital are in danger now….
And Nicholas,,,please tell me how in the world…the SL government can say that DS is not a suspect in the shooting…?