Gaddafi is dead. Long live Libya

Colonel Muammar Gaddafi is dead. The deposed despot died of his wounds after being captured in his home town, his last stronghold, of Sirte, reports Shamik Das.

He’s not walking, he’s not walking, he’s not walking anymore... Dead man dead Colonel Gaddafi

Colonel Muammar Gaddafi is dead. The deposed despot died of his wounds after being captured in his home town, his last stronghold, of Sirte. The news was confirmed by Libyan prime minister Mahmoud Jibril in the last few minutes.


Earlier, Reuters reported:

Former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi died of wounds suffered on Thursday as fighters battling to complete an eight-month-old uprising against his rule overran his hometown Sirte, Libya’s interim rulers said.

His killing, which came swiftly after his capture near Sirte, is the most dramatic single development in the Arab Spring revolts that have unseated rulers in Egypt and Tunisia and threatened the grip on power of the leaders of Syria and Yemen.

Like Saddam Hussein, he was captured cowering in a hole; the Telegraph’s Ben Farmer describing:

Colonel Gaddafi was finally cornered in a drain underneath a road in open countryside to the west of the city of Sirte. Rebels said a column of vehicles tried to punch out of an encirclement at dawn. They parked up around 3-4kms west of the town, which was hit by a NATO airstrike.

Gaddafi and several bodyguards were then forced to take refuge in the drain where they were then captured and taken away by revolutionary forces.

It is reported Gaddafi’s corpse has arrived in Misrata, while National Transitional Council information minister Mahmoud Shammam says:

“Our people in Sirte saw the body… [head of the NTC] Mustafa Abdul-Jalil will confirm it soon. Revolutionaries say Gaddafi was in a convoy and that they attacked the convoy.”

There has been widespread rejoicing, rejoicing, rejoicing in Tripoli and throughout Free Libya. Liberal interventionism has been proved, once more, to have worked. And there will no doubt be delight in Downing Street – with David Cameron expected to speak this afternoon – Paris and Washington. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is also expected to speak shortly.

Cameron, Nicolas Sarkozy and Barack Obama take credit, but the biggest credit goes to the rebels, who, backed overhead by NATO, have won a decisive, definitive victory.

They have fought Gaddafi back from the gates of Benghazi to the drains of Sirte; Gaddafi is gone, long live Libya.

See also:

Look Left – Libya: Allies urge “reconciliation and forgiveness”Shamik Das, September 2nd 2011

Where does NATO, Cameron, and the West stand after the Libyan intervention?Marcus Roberts, August 22nd 2011

Cameron stands firm on Libya as poll shows support for regime changeShamik Das, June 21st 2011

Look Left – World finally decides to take action against GaddafiShamik Das, March 18th 2011

If the West doesn’t act, Gaddafi will massacre the rebelsMarcus Roberts, March 15th 2011

14 Responses to “Gaddafi is dead. Long live Libya”

  1. Lady Liberty NYC @UN

    Gaddafi is dead. Long live Libya: http://t.co/zipU0Q03 by @ShamikDas #Gaddafi #Libya

  2. One of so very few

    Gaddafi is dead. Long live Libya: http://t.co/zipU0Q03 by @ShamikDas #Gaddafi #Libya

  3. Shamik Das

    The rebels fought Gaddafi back from the gates of Benghazi to the drains of Sirte; Gaddafi is gone, long live Libya: http://t.co/cn96DCNV

  4. Political Planet

    Gaddafi is dead. Long live Libya: Colonel Muammar Gaddafi is dead. The deposed despot died of his wounds after b… http://t.co/fEvsaIB2

  5. Duncan Stott

    The ALT text on the image of dead Gaddafi on @leftfootfwd is uncharacteristically crass… http://t.co/N863JtoY

  6. Gaddafi has underscored the new paradigm; who’s next? | Left Foot Forward

    […] we learned that Colonel Gaddafi is dead. Gruesome photos and videos are all over the web; he was found, ironically after calling his people […]

  7. Shamik Das

    Our articles on #Libya: My thoughts on the death of #Gaddafi http://t.co/0vHTwCIV & @LukeBozier on which dictator’s nxt http://t.co/Xo3NNDE5

  8. Rob the crip

    I notice that great new labour Bozier is giving Blair credit for winning this war, lets see in a years time how things settle down if it settles down.

  9. Mr. Sensible

    I think our intervention was the right thing to do, but as you say Rob we’ll see what happens next.

  10. Habila

    Please don’t kill Saif Islam let him go to the heg and face the world

  11. Nunya

    Pro war liberals… I dont think I can even comprehend the hypocrisy. Its simply too great.

    END ALL THE WARS.

  12. Salmond: We remain committed to Lockerbie enquiry | Left Foot Forward

    […] also: • Gaddafi is dead. Long live Libya – Shamik Das, October 20th […]

  13. Cosmo

    “Liberal interventionism has been proved, once more, to have worked.” I’m sorry, check the current state of Iraq, Afghanistan & Pakistan, it may seem to have been improved from the perspective of comfortable Britain, but liberal interventionism has properly decimated these countries for generations to come. This is meant to be a left-wing website, not a neoconservative one, whoever wrote this is a pro-war hypocrite and a coward. If they love ‘liberal’ interventionism so much, go and fight in the desert yourself instead of inciting other people to do it for you!

  14. "I want to lie down next to them and stay here forever" – Srebrenica 17 years on | Left Foot Forward

    […] led by our prime minister and our government, bravely undertook its responsibility to protect in Libya; it’s time to do so once more in Syria. More inaction, non-intervention, dithering and […]

Leave a Reply