And another head has been shot. And apparently a stomach. And two legs.
The only way to “stop Qaddafi from fleeing” from a dozen pursuers out of the confines of some “hole in the ground”, was apparently a plethora of well-aimed shots at close enough range to hear him utter his last words.
It is reminiscent of the French Revolution of 1789 or the Glorious Revolution of 1688 – although the centuries old love-affair with decapitations seems to have been replaced by head-shots. There was a time, when we, as a civilization, were advanced enough to realize that murder just leave a vacuum. It leaves the grievances and injustices of the past just hanging in an act of brutality that may well turn out to be an inspiration for yet more of the same.
As I’ve already said in a previous post, there is too much money, too many weapons and quite possibly too many rival factions, only united by their desire to see Qaddafi dead, in the country to take this lightly.
There is such a thing as human rights. But they are not like the law of gravity. They are not real. They are followed by conviction. But the routine we are seeing in which high-profile criminals are being killed regardless of circumstances which undoubtedly allowed them to be captured alive – no matter if Qaddafi or Bin Laden – is setting ever new examples of human rights being blatantly ignored.
Of course, putting such people to trial is inconvenient and troubling. But it is the only way that human rights allow us to deal with them. It’s not dead or alive. It’s alive if in any way possible. Period. Otherwise, human rights are no longer rights, but fair-weather-talk of people trying to show off their good-guy-credentials.