Bury Muammar Gaddafi with dignity
Muammar Gaddafi’s body should be treated with dignity in order to send a message to future generations. The authorities from the National Transitional Council (NTC) should see that he gets a proper and dignified funeral, befitting a fallen head of state.
The unseemly pictures and videos circulating the internet capturing the final moments of Gaddafi’s life should be the last signs of indignity that Libyan people would ever see marking their historic revolution. Future generation of Libyans, the children of these very freedom fighters, deserve better.
Heads of state, who in some cases enabled Gaddafi in times past, are now rejoicing in his downfall. How unseemly were the scenes of US President Obama, or UK Prime Minister Cameron, rejoicing in Gaddafi’s downfall.
But as Omar Mukhtar says in a key scene in the late Mustapha Akkad’s Lion of the Desert (a film about rebels fighting the Italian invasion of Libya) when refusing to kill a captured Italian soldier, “they are not our teachers”.
[Excerpt of an article by Hamid Dabashi Hagop Kevorkian, Columbia University Professor]