I will shed no tears for Qaddafi

But neither will I celebrate his death.

Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, the former Libyan strongman who fled into hiding after an armed uprising toppled his regime two months ago, met a violent death Thursday in the hands of rebel fighters who stormed his final stronghold in Surt, his Mediterranean home town. At least one of his sons was also killed.

Al Jazeera television showed footage of Colonel Qaddafi, bloodied but still alive, as he was dragged around by armed men in Surt. The network also broadcast a separate clip of his upper body, partly stripped, with eyes staring vacantly and an apparent gunshot wound to the head, as jubilant fighters fired automatic weapons in the air. A third video, posted on Youtube, showed excited fighters hovering around his lifeless-looking body, posing for photographs and yanking his limp head up and down by the hair.

There are a lot of bad people in this world. Qaddafi was just one of them. Until we see who replaces him we don’t know whether this is a good thing or a bad thing for the people of Libya. His replacement could easily be worse.

I was shocked and saddened to see Hillary Clinton joking about his death.

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42 Responses to I will shed no tears for Qaddafi

  1. Mary says:

    “We came, we saw, he died.”

    Hillary Clinton

    • myiq2xu says:

      That kind of thing is so out of character for Hillary.

      • Mary says:

        Yes. It’s disturbing. No further comment.

      • Lola-at-Large says:

        She was also mocking Herman Cain with Karzai. WTF?

      • kc says:

        no, it doesn’t sound like her. And I also shed no tears for Qaddafi, but the hope is that we are better than our enemies. Dancing around dead bodies is what Qaddafi would do–we don’t do that. There is a very thin line between being a decent human and a monster.

      • soupcity says:

        It really is, very disappointed in that reaction.

      • Karma says:

        I have never seen her be so flip about such a thing.

      • Saudyssey says:

        “Meanwhile, there was some tension between American journalists and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who was in Pakistan on Thursday after visiting Tripoli, Libya, earlier in the week.

        “During its coverage of Gadhafi’s death, some American networks aired footage of Clinton that had been shot during breaks in a series of interviews she gave to TV reporters traveling with her in Pakistan. Clinton was handed a Blackberry during one break to read news of Gadhafi’s reported capture, and she said, “Wow.” She quickly noted that the report was unconfirmed and there had been similar reports in the past that had turned out to be false.

        “CBS News’ website ran a different clip of Clinton, before another interview began, in which she was apparently joking about the story. “We came, we saw, he died,” she said, laughing.

        “Philippe Reines, an aide to Clinton, said he had complained to the traveling network representatives that filming Clinton in between the interviews was a breach of protocol. They wouldn’t show her applying makeup before an interview, for example, even if cameras were set up.

        “I think it’s outside the bounds of the relationships we have with our traveling press corps,” he said.”

    • 1539days says:

      She needs to get out of that White House quick.

  2. votermom says:

    I said earlier that mob “justice” makes me sick. Nobody deserves that.

    But in defense of Hillary, I think she’s decided that she will be the tough guy in this admin (someone has to be). It was a NATO strike on his hideout that forced Q to flee, and that’s when the rebels caught him and killed him.

    I don’t like that she laughed about it, but I respect that she’s accepting responsibility for the outcome.

    (And I have very low expectations for what will replace Q).

    • votermom says:

      hi44 posted this link which shows Hillary taking the hard line with Pakistan.


      Clinton Issues Blunt Warning to Pakistan

      ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — An unusually powerful American delegation arrived here on Thursday to deliver the starkest warning yet to Pakistan, according to a senior American official: that the United States would act unilaterally if necessary to attack extremist groups that use the country as a haven to kill Americans.

      Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton; David H. Petraeus, the new director of the Central Intelligence Agency; and Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the new chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, planned to push their Pakistani counterparts to make a definitive choice between fighting terrorists or supporting them, the administration official said.

      “This is a time for clarity,” Mrs. Clinton declared in Kabul, Afghanistan, where she met President Hamid Karzai before leaving for Islamabad, the Pakistani capital. “No one should be in any way mistaken about allowing this to continue without paying a very big price.”

      “There’s no place to go any longer,” Mrs. Clinton added, referring to Pakistan’s leaders, whom the administration has accused of equivocating by supporting the Afghan insurgency.

  3. lurker says:

    I am hoping people notice the stark contrast between how Saddam was handles by US solders vs how Qaddafi was treated. And, i hope people remember that the next time people say America is evil. BTW, i am not talking about the commenters on this blog.

  4. crawdad says:

    My earliest recollection of Qaddafi was when he welcomed the surviving terrorists from the Munich Olympics. I was just a kid back then.

  5. WMCB says:

    I do not understand why we helped depose him. I know he was a bad bad man, but he wasn’t harming us. And I for one don’t think that those who are replacing him are any better. They are already organizing along Arab tribal lines, and slaughtering and persecuting black sub-saharan libyans.

    • myiq2xu says:

      There are a whole bunch of SAMs missing now too.

      Small enough to fit in the trunk of a car and they can take out jumbo jets.

    • votermom says:

      It had something to do with oil & the Brits & the French.

    • WMCB says:

      Well, between Qaddafi and Mubarak, that sends a great message to middle eastern regimes: Ally with or appease the West, and you get creamed if you make a misstep. Be a big fat oppressive America-hating militant sabre-rattler and they won’t bother you.

  6. DeniseVB says:

    I don’t celebrate any death. Guess that’s the liberal in me, I still remove earthworms from the sidewalks and place them in cool grass when I take my daily walkies. Twinkles!

  7. catarina says:

    The Hillary clip is disappointing.

    • votermom says:

      How “unexpected”.

    • WMCB says:

      Has a dictator in the middle east EVER been deposed and not been replaced with a largely oppressive, militantly islamic regime?

      • 1539days says:

        Maybe when the CIA installed the Shah of Iran.

      • Dario says:

        That’s a funny question considering that the area’s main religion is Islam. That’s like asking if there’s ever been a dictator in Latin America who wasn’t Catholic.

        • Dario says:

          To Gaddafi, Mubarak and Saleh, all oppressive dictators.

        • Three Wickets says:

          Over the past three decades, dictators in the region have been deposed in Iran, Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Somalia, Sudan, Lebanon, Tunisia, Egypt, Libya. Syria and Yemen possibly nexty. In most if not all cases they have been replaced by less secular more religiously fundamentalist regimes.

  8. Dario says:

    This is one of those decisions I totally disagree with Hillary Clinton. It was a deceitful UN resolution for regime change. When the uprising in Libya began, I supported the people, but when NATO began its bombing, it changed from a people uprising to foreign intervention. It was all b.s. As far as I’m concerned, Obama’s foreign policy is no different from G.W. I’ve always known Hillary has a weakness for interventionism. Though she would have been better for the economy, I wonder if perhaps it’s a good thing she did not become president.

    • Three Wickets says:

      I wonder if perhaps it’s a good thing she did not become president.

      So fickle. I’m sure you’ll get over it. 🙂 There’s no chance she’ll be Potus now anyway.

  9. HELENK says:

    as a lawyer will you read this please. section 376 of backtrack’s jobs bill
    does it end state sovereignty? Every bill backtrack pushes has hidden clauses in it that are like bombs


  10. Three Wickets says:

    I did not support the intervention in Libya, I’m glad Gaddafi is gone, I hope Libya will find a path to peaceful self-rule without outside interference, I am disappointed in Hillary’s public reaction, but the implications for tens of millions of Libyans from this point forward is far more relevant and consequential news.

  11. westcoaster says:

    I think showing the picture of his mutilated face everywhere is barbaric. It is like putting his head on a pole for all to see, like in the middle ages.

  12. catarina says:

    The pics of Gaddafi’s bloodied, dead son are now circulating.
    Enough with the barbarism for fuck’s sake.

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