A Pliable Form Of Justice

What supposedly separates good from evil in terms of statehood is the belief in the rule of law.  The idea that every human being is a deserving of a trial by his peers.  Then and only then can a person’s guilt be confirmed and a fitting sentence be decided upon.  This obstacle if you will is the difference between a legitimate justice system and one of a corrupt, malevolent nature.

In the aftermath of the death of Colonel Gaddafi, the circumstances are somewhat unclear.  The initial reports suggested that he was executed by NTC soldiers.  Now the story is somewhat confusing as a number of conflicting reports have emerged.  One thing which is apparent, given the mobile phone footage which was shown on every news station last night is that for sometime at least he was dragged around the streets being struck by NTC soldiers.  That alone suggests that the idea he was taken to hospital is at the very least, rather unlikely.

As always in such cases it’s almost impossible that the truth will ever be completely clear.  As was the case with Bin Laden when he was shot dead, apparently unarmed and surrounded, the media will help us quickly forget any questions pertaining to the circumstances and move on.  In the meantime we can enjoy soundbite after soundbite about how someone has got justice, or about how the chance of building a new Libya has only started now the tyrant is dead, from various leading white Western politicians.  Despite the fact that now there is no chance of justice for the victims of Gaddafi’s regime.

One of the most fascinating aspects of the Gaddafi case is the number of Western Governments who are seemingly delighted to be rid of Colonel Gaddafi.  British Prime Minister David Cameron was one of the first world leaders to speak of his pride in Britain’s part in bringing Gaddafi down.  What he didn’t speak of was the 5 million pounds worth of armored personnel carriers and water cannons we sold to Libya in 2007.  Or the tear gas we sold them in the summer of 2010.  Or the sniper rifles we sold them after that.

When the dust settles in Libya, and the nation tries to reconcile itself with its difficult past there are going to be very few figures left alive who will be able to shed some light on the torrid secrets of the Gaddafi regime.  There will be no figurehead.  There will be no one to blame.  The secrets will remain buried and the skeletons hidden in plain sight.

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