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The Trial Of Gadhafi

Updated on October 21, 2011

A Test For A Nation?

When the popular uprisings of the 'Arab Spring' began in Tunisia, there were a few authoritian states that I thought were safe. Libya was one of them.

As that country's uprisng grew into an insurgency, and reached the point of civil war, the possibility of the fall of Gadhafi seemed first impossible, and then inevitable. When Tripoli fell, Gadhafi went from despot to fugitive. His death left the newly-liberated country without an opportunity.

Putting him on trial for his crimes against his people would have been a test. The country, for decades a hermit kingdom, would have needed to impanel a judiciary. Now the trial would likely have been conducted under Islamic laws, but it would have shown that the country had moved past tribal or mob justice.

I'll admit there are several countries that are likely glad Gadhafi will never have his day in court. The dealings between China, France, Russia, and Venezula and Libya would have embarrassed those nations and cost them standing in the world.

Another option, if the transitional government did not feel they could conduct a trial, would have been to hand Gadhafi over to the ICC to answer crimes against humanity. This would have been an opportunity for that body to show some strength.

I'm sure there will be other opportunities for the new state to bring members of the old regime to justice, but to see a strongman like Gadhafi answering for his actions would have been a show of a nation's growth and a message to other authoritarians.

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      Kate P 

      6 years ago from The North Woods, USA

      I'm interested in these recent uprisings because it seems all the governments are switching to things more in line with the NWO. I find the death of bin Laden to be distasteful, and that he was dumped into the ocean within two hours of being murdered throws some flags for me. I'd like to see proof that Gadafi's death was in fact him and not his look-alike. More questions than factual, proven answers.

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      Harvey Stelman 

      6 years ago from Illinois

      tea, We had no idea whom we supported, but we're finding out. There was never going to be a trial, that's how "they do it," if they can.

      If you can kill your children in an "honor killing," what would you expect? H

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      Jimbo'daNimbo 

      7 years ago from The Island of Misfit Toys

      You assume that this administration...among others...would have been happy to see him stand trial. Same goes for OBL.

      It's a little unnerving how happy they are to be putting guys like this six feet under when that was supposed to be a GOP malfunction.

      Oh and to take credit for it even when the rebels killed him.

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