Am I the Only One Disgusted with Post Gadhafi Libya?


Mitt Romney said, “It’s about time … Moammar Gadhafi was a tyrant who terrorized the Libyan people and shed American blood, and the world is a better place without him.” Marco Rubio weighed in with, “… justice has been done today.” Meanwhile, the reports of exactly how Gadhafi died are, in the words of one network, “conflicting.”

The one constant in the accounts I have read is that when he was captured he was alive. A few minutes later, he was not. Therein lies my problem.

I will not defend or condone Gadhafi’s life or actions. They are indefensible. He was a murderer and a tyrant. None of that is in question. What is in question seems to be the issue of  what we do with captured tyrants.

If Gadhafi were killed in a shootout like Saddam Hussein’s sons, I would have no problem. If we locate him in a training camp and obliterate it with a missile, I would have no problem either. Those are legitimate actions in a war zone and are morally and intellectually defensible.

However, when we found Saddam Hussein, a man just as evil as his sons or Gadhafi, hiding in a hole in Tikrit we did things a little differently. Because regardless of the lawless scum we were hunting, it was Americans doing the hunting.

The scenarios are eerily similar. Both men were found in makeshift hidey-holes. Both had members of an entourage or security detail with them. Both were discovered by a group of hundreds of their enemies, all armed to the teeth. Both were found shaken or disoriented. Both were taken alive.

The difference? Hussein was captured by American soldiers. Gadhafi was captured by Muslim insurgents. Hussein got three hots and a cot for a few months, was tried, convicted and executed. Gadhafi was promptly murdered by his captors. This act is now celebrated by GOP politicians as justice and overdue justice, at that.

When did I wake up in Bizarro World? I thought I lived in America. I thought we believed all men are created equal and none may be deprived of life without due process. As frustrating as it is, I thought mine was the nation ridiculed for wounding a criminal in a police chase, spending thousands of tax dollars to heal him, jail him and try him and execute him if he is found guilty. Because taking a man’s life – any man’s life – is the ultimate in serious.

Last month we had yet another national discussion on Capitol Punishment around the execution of Troy Davis. Several witnesses recanted their testimony and we again agonized over the ultimate punishment. Because we are Americans.

So I am disturbed when a man surrenders or is captured and it appears probable he was murdered by those who held him. That is not how we do things in America.

In the end, however, it is more disturbing that two of the most powerful and respected men in American government – Marco Rubio and Mitt Romney – find nothing wrong with the events as they transpired. Or, if you will, are unable to refrain from offering their approval of events the nature of which they do not fully know.

Perhaps such behavior is good politics. But if I have learned anything as an activist, it is that good politics breed bad realities!

The men who murdered Gadhafi do not share our values, our principles or our view of Life and the worth of every man. We may have stood alongside them as they fought a vicious strongman. But we ought to distance ourselves from them. We ought to roundly condemn them. They are as much animals as the man they murdered and by murdering him have earned our contempt and disgust.

The first act of the post-Gadhafi Libya was not to show a watching world they were ready to join it as civilized men. It was not to demonstrate that the freedom from tyranny they have publicly cried out for truly burned in their hearts. It was not to side with an American President who sent aid because their oppressor cruelly treated them in their helplessness.

They showed they were replacing Gadhafi’s tyranny with their own. They showed they pursued mere liberation instead of yearning for true Liberty.

And there are Americans who celebrate this?  Words fail …

Cross posted from Blue Collar Muse.

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Astute perspective, Blue. (Lady P – Ed.)

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Queen Hotchibobo
October 21, 2011 11:45 am

I saw the video. It was hard to make out, as the guy with the camera was apparently doing so from a tilt-a-whirl, but it looked like the mob got Quadaffi and tore him limb from limb. If this is the kind of “war” the Obama administration takes on, and the kind of result it desires, America soiled itself in the last election. Even more so than I previously believed. The Republicans should distance themselves from this outcome as desirable and NONSTOP point out that the war activity itself is totally unconstitutional, as Congress not only has not declared the… Read more »

October 21, 2011 11:47 am

Ah, the sweet springtime smell of Arabia! See, Muse, it’s only those who kill three thousand Americans that Holder and Obama think need to be flaunted in the face of New Yorkers, have Miranda readings and given the possibiliy of parole, or repatriation to fight again another day.

Queen Hotchibobo
October 21, 2011 12:00 pm

And one more thing: Jim Geraghty brought this comment from one of his readers to the Morning Jolt – Remember back when Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize? That was kind of cool, because he was going to stop war and stuff. I don’t know why Pelosi didn’t win it first because she was going to stop war and stuff, too. But maybe they were too busy giving the award to Al Gore for creating the Internet and a slide-show about the sun. Anyway, I digress. It’s not so cool trying to explain to the kids why the . .… Read more »

October 21, 2011 12:30 pm

You can’t always pick your enemies, but you can choose who to befriend. It’s just a short hop from ‘duty to defend’ to ‘kill that sucka’. Hillary’s the ultimate embarrassment; this is how a diplomat speaks?

October 21, 2011 3:30 pm

Right you are, BCM. We;ve been had, this was a islamo-leftist takeover from the git-go, and will occur fairly quickly. With a wink and nod SecState and POTUS will feign consternation.

The fix was always in.

October 21, 2011 8:03 pm

As the character Sergeant O’Neill says just before the big, ending battle scene in the movie Platoon: ” I’ve got a bad feeling on this one, Bob.” Let’s see first Qadafhi’s our enemy and we bomb him (1982).Then Lockerbie(1988) but we do nothing to him(?) Then he’s our friend , gives up nuke research and passes us (very good) intel on our enemies, becoming the poster child for Reformed Jihad (2003)..Oh but now (2011) he’s our enemy again, and we facilitate the sordid and grubby killing of him. As with Diem and Noriega, I fear it’s not so much he… Read more »

Mike gamecock DeVine
October 21, 2011 9:20 pm

One caveat: Post Gadaffy Libya is not yet ruled by a murderous dictator that was a “fascinating” character enjoyed by the left, like Castro.

October 22, 2011 6:26 am

Given all the players in this sortee, someone must have wanted Quadafhi dead badly. No, BCM, you’re not the only one disgusted. One wonders if he wasn’t playing the UN game just right to suit those who hold the power in the UN. It’s too early for Obama’s campaign to garner any useful support from it unless he’s been promised lots of foreign money to fund his campaign. It leaves a vacuum where it’s entirely possible that the new leader will be ten times worse than the one they killed, much like what happened in Egypt. Much like Iran in… Read more »