Friday, February 25, 2011

Farewell to the Brotherly Leader of Libya

The ruthless ruler of Libya, His Insane Highness Muammar al-Gadhafi,  the African King of Kings, is sticking to his guns, quite literally. In this situation, where the Libyan people and much of the security apparatus have turned against him, I don't see how this does not end with Gadhafi's death. He is a crazy son of a bitch who will fight to the bitter end.

Now, the big question is not so much whether he'll be killed by his opponents, but whether or not we'll see him die on television. There's a vindictive side of me that wants to see the life come out of him on a live broadcast. I have a feeling that won't be the case. His body might be shown after the fact, but his life will end chaotically, in a situation where cameras cannot be brought in easily. He will not undergo a trial, like Saddam Hussein. Rather, he'll be lynched or shot the moment his opponents get the opportunity. Perhaps one of his guards will decide the unrest is bad for Libya, and will decide to take him out herself (Gaddafi has an all-female bodyguard unit).

Unlike the ouster of Hosni Mubarak, the end of Gadhafi's rule can only be a good thing. Even if the Islamists take over Libya, they can't be worse than Col. Crazy. Sure, oil prices may slightly rise and Libya's cooperation in stopping African refugees from reaching Europe's shores might end, but those are risks worth taking.

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