Muammar Muhammad Abu Minyar al-Gaddafi, commonly known as Muammar Gaddafi and ruler of Libya since 1969, was killed today in an operation consisting of US Predator drones, a French fighter jet, and rebel forces. Gaddafi, and a convoy of about 80 vehicles were fleeing his compound in Sirte. Reports from Defense Dept. state that they did not destroy the convoy with the strike, but that Gaddafi was killed following a fire fight between rebels and Gaddafi forces. Reports state that Gaddafi was shot twice, once in the arm and the head, by crossfire. This means that official no one knows who shot him, or really cares for that matter. However, what is of important note (and I agree) is that majority of the world did not want him to die in this manner. By majority, I am talking about Libyans, world officials, and victims of the bomb of Pan Am Flight 103. The reason is simple, they wanted justice. His death brings comfort that a brutal dictator is gone, but it is not justice for many. It is encouraging to see rebel leaders wanted real justice, law binding justice. Much in the same way that Saddam saw real justice. Libyan rebels wanted Gaddafi to stand trial, and account for his crimes against the people and the world. I agree that it is a lose that the Mad Dog was killed instead of stood trial. However, it is better he is dead than still in hiding.
This is comforting because rebels were not out for simply just blood, but for justice wanting to put it behind them as they rebuild a nation. This is important to watch as it unfolds. Important for world relations, such as Egypt’s Arab Spring brought new problems in Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, we could see the rise of a new democracy in Africa/Middle East or a new dictatorship. Some leaders of the National Transition Council went on the record, as of late, stating that they would not seek political office as the council disbands itself. This is encouraging to see, as well as the disbandment of the council itself. However, this has been said before of former regimes. It needs to be watched carefully as they establish a democracy, and the world needs to encourage their development. As this might prove to be instrumental in aiding and rebuilding Africa, which already is a hot bed of conflict and I predict will becoming central to ending terrorism. We will see what the future holds for Libya, but if the words of the NTC hold true it could help to transform the region.