Muammar Gaddafi's Death Is Reason to Celebrate

gaddafiMuammar Gaddafi is dead. The dictator who ruled over Libya for over 40 years has allegedly been killed and reports are still coming in regarding who's responsible. Libyan officials say that he died after being wounded during fighting in his hometown of Sirte, where the eccentric tyrant and been living for the past few months. He was allegedly found by rebels hiding in a hole, who then shot him. The streets of Tripoli are overflowing with citizens celebrating the death of their evil ruler and many international politicians have expressed their satisfaction, as well.

Sen. John McCain said "it's a great day" and U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said Gaddafi's death "marks a historic transition for Libya." Is all this drum beating appropriate, though? Or is this just blood-lust with some lipstick on.

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I think the celebration is totally befitting. Frankly, I have zero problem recognizing that Gaddafi's death is a good thing. It's a cruel world out there, and yes, a man is dead, but let's not forget that his reign of terror caused an enormous amount of pain and suffering not only in Libya, but to north Africa and beyond.

He funded militant anti-western movements that were responsible for acts of terrorism all over the world. He supported the ethnic cleansing in Kosovo. The UN was investigating claims that Gaddafi gave his soldiers Viagra-like drugs that would help them rape as many women as possible. And that's just the tip of the iceberg.

Before there was Saddam Hussein or Osama bin Laden, there was Gaddafi. He'd been ruling Libya with an iron fist since 1969 and now it's over. Ever since the civil war of 2011 broke out earlier this year, Gaddafi's capture and/or death has been the goal. NATO got involved and the cause of the Libyan people made international headlines. The news that Gaddafi is dead is what many people have waited to hear their whole lives.

I'd have to agree with McCain. I think today is a great day. It's not about celebrating death as much as it is about celebrating a chance at a new beginning -- a chance that was impossible while Gaddafi was alive. So yes, for all that it represents, I'm glad this evil dictator is dead.

Are you glad Gaddafi has been killed?

 

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