(Telegraph) Muammar Gaddafi’s grisly death raises questions the length of Libya’s revolutionary road
By Andrew Gilligan, Sirte 8:16PM BST 22 Oct 2011
The manner of Gaddafi’s killing raises questions for the militias that make up the new Libya, writes Andrew Gilligan in Sirte.
“He deserves to die, but not in this sort of way,” said Mohammed Hamed, one of those who saw the images. “It’s haram [forbidden in Islam] the way they treated him.
“He was a prisoner and should have been treated as a prisoner.”
By last week, the empire of the self-proclaimed “emperor of Africa” had shrunk to the size of a drainpipe. His army had shrivelled to a handful of cars.
But the one thing Gaddafi retained to the very end was his ability to put on a show. Other Arab dictators – Tunisia’s Zine el Abidine ben Ali, Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak – slipped away into the night. Gaddafi’s demise was as box-office as his 42-year rule.
Fascinatingly, some of the most gruesome images were apparently distributed by Al-Rai, the regime mouthpiece TV channel that aired the colonel’s messages of defiance after losing power in August.
In the last one, only two weeks ago, he urged his followers to “rise up, raise our green flags to the skies and go and march in your millions in all the squares.”
What are your thoughts? What do you think will happen to Libya now?
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