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Video footage showed Gaddafi, dazed and wounded, but still clearly alive and gesturing with his hands as he was dragged from a pick-up truck by a crowd of angry jostling group of government soldiers who hit him and pulled his hair.

He then appeared to fall to the ground and was enveloped by the crowd. NTC officials later announced Gaddafi had died of his wounds after capture.


Muammar Gaddafi was fatally wounded by a bullet in his intestines following his capture, according to a doctor who examined his body[.]

"Gaddafi was arrested while he was alive but he was killed later. There was a bullet and that was the primary reason for his death, it penetrated his gut," doctor Ibrahim Tika told Al Arabiya television. "Then there was another bullet in the head that went in and out of his head."

The modern laws of war begin with the sympathetic consideration of wounded bodies. In 1859, at Solferino in northern Italy, the Austrians fought the French, and after the battle a young Swiss man named Jean Henri Dunant toured the battlefield. Some 30,000 men lay in the dust and mud—shrapnel wounds, gangrene, the violently dead—and in response to what he saw that day he went on to form the International Committee of the Red Cross. The first Geneva Convention was adopted in August 1864, for the "Amelioration of the Condition of the Wounded and Sick in Armed Forces in the Field": it holds that casualties shall be cared for, whoever's side they are from, and protects all those who treat them. In 1906, this provision was moved to the start of the Convention; in the 1949 Commentary, the ICRC called the inviolability of the wounded "the keystone of the whole Convention."

                                    —Daniel Swift, "Conjectural Damage," November 2011 Harper’s

Wounded in both legs?

Sound like he took one in the nuts.

Rec’d for making me laugh.

People who celebrate the death of Gaddafi are not different from the Bushies who celebrated the death of Saddam. People who celebrated the 9/11 plane that flew into the Pentagon are not different from people who celebrate the death of Gaddafi.

They are the same.

Bertold Brecht said this:

"Do not rejoice in his defeat, you men. For though the world has stood up and stopped the bastard, the bitch that bore him is in heat again."

Yes. In heat in every heart that beats with joy, at the suffering and death of a human being.

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  •  The good news is... (4+ / 0-)
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    marina, semiot, Onomastic, Wee Mama

    ...the NTC is going to investigate the circumstances of his death

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/...

    As I wrote in my final update to my diary - which initially celebrated Gadaffi's capture and the end of hostilities - the way he met his death was wrong.

    My only cavil with your diary is your citation of Bertolt Brecht. He was of course referring to the rise of fascism during the 1930s. However, though he once was a hero of mine, the more I find out about Brecht's complicity with the autocratic regime of the DDR in the late 40s/early 50s, it's clear he stood by and colluded with a pretty murderous repressive regime too.

    Humanity requires us to sympathise and protect a frightened old man beleagured by a murderous mob, no matter what his crimes in the past.

    But humanity also has to make us aware that none of our hands are clean. There are thousands who died, unrecorded, more prolonged agonising deaths in torture rooms, prisons, hospitals, and are buried in unmarked graves, thanks to Gadaffi's actions.

    I miss your recognition of that, not to justify the graphic images above, but to put them into some kind of moral context and legal mitigation.

    However, I fully support and enquiry, and those who - if it proves to be true - peremptorily assassinated Gaddafi should be indicted.

    "It is only for the sake of those without hope that hope is given to us." Walter Benjamin. More sane debate on the Moose

    by Brit on Fri Oct 21, 2011 at 03:38:01 AM PDT

  •  A Brutal Death In the End.... (2+ / 0-)
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    marina, Onomastic

    I hear Gaddafi said the one thing he didn't want was to be pulled out of a hole like Saddam Hussein had been.

    Whoa.....he certainly had a harsh end.  Fitting?

    •  Opposed to the death penalty, I always wonder (3+ / 0-)
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      Onomastic, Brit, Wee Mama

      how the guilty might have enlightened us if they had been permitted to live.

      I can't hold it against those who killed Gaddafi, for who knows how deep their anger goes? How angry for the brave cousin of MB's stepdaughter, who was killed earlier in the rebellion? The closer the wound to the heart, the more it must hurt, the more it must cause a deep wish for revenge.

      I hope revenge is transformed into the determination to build a better society than the one that caused so much pain.

  •  asdf (5+ / 0-)
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    marina, sodalis, Onomastic, Brit, TheLizardKing

    "That the people have a right to bear arms for the defence of themselves and the State ..."- Vermont Constitution Chapter 1, Article 16

    by kestrel9000 on Fri Oct 21, 2011 at 03:57:25 AM PDT

  •  As hard as it is, we must turn the other cheek (5+ / 0-)
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    Pluto, Onomastic, Wee Mama, poco, blueness

    in order not to become the evil we despise.
    There is no honor in torturing a wounded man, whatever his sins.
    Every villain has wasted his human potential on destruction, and that is a cause for sorrow, not joy.

    Life has taught me that hate destroys the hater more surely than it does the object of his hate. YMMV.

  •  it's easy to be on our high horse (1+ / 0-)
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    Onomastic

    and condemn, safe in our homes, well fed and contented.

    but until i've had my babies bombed to oblivion by katyusha rockets, until i've watched innocent family members hung in the public square, until i've been tortured in dungeons for suspected disloyalty, until i've been raped by goons, -- until i've experienced all these things first hand in toto, i'm going to hold off on patting myself on my back and feeling morally superior.

  •  I can't watch the videos. (3+ / 0-)
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    Brit, Wee Mama, blueness

    Just can't.

    I grew up with violence, watched those I love being hurt again and again. Did everything I could to try to prevent it from happening, but I was a child being hurt myself. Adults are their own law.

    My core moral imperative has always been to NOT be like those who hurt others.

    I have no sorrow over Gaddafi's death, but I do have sorrow over the way it happened. Sorrow for the young men who killed him.

    I wanted him to stand trial, to see the faces and hear the voices of those he's wronged. I wanted the world to see and hear them.

    I want hope and dignity for Libya, justice, not vengeance.

    We can't be like those who have hurt us. We have to be better than that.

    If corporations are people, then I want to see some birth certificates and talk to their parents.

    by Onomastic on Fri Oct 21, 2011 at 05:56:36 AM PDT

  •  I remember the point in (2+ / 0-)
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    blueness, Onomastic

    the Prisoner of Azkhaban when Sirius and Remus have the opportunity to kill the traitor Wormtail, but Harry tells them to take him captive instead. He says that he doesn't think his father would want his best friends to become killers for him. The mercy Harry showed turns out to save others later on.

    That was "children's fiction" but hating leaves its traces. Without judging others I try not to hate. I used to tell my children that hating people shrivels your soul into a little hard raisin.

    Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary? . . . and respect the dignity of every human being.

    by Wee Mama on Fri Oct 21, 2011 at 07:39:07 AM PDT

  •  Amen. n/t (3+ / 0-)
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    blueness, Onomastic, Nada Lemming

    "Rules must be binding. Violations must be punished. Words must mean something." President Obama in Prague on April 5

    by jlynne on Fri Oct 21, 2011 at 09:14:37 AM PDT

  •  Thanks for quoting me, (1+ / 0-)
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    blueness

    Hope all's well with you.

    "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

    by Brecht on Mon Oct 24, 2011 at 07:48:03 PM PDT

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