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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]

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One Response to “Bury Muammar Gaddafi with dignity”

  1. It has just been reported that Moammar Gadhafi, his son Moatassim and a top aide were buried at a secret location in the Libyan desert at dawn Tuesday with a simple Islamic burial ceremony.

    Ibrahim Beitalmal, a spokesman for the Libyan National Transition Council in Misrata, said that one of Gadhafi’s nephews, as well as a Muslim cleric, “read a prayer for the dead before Gadhafi’s body—along with those of his son Muatassim and former defense minister Abu Bakr Younis—were handed over for burial,” the Associated Press reported.

    Beitalmal said the secret burial site was “not far” from the Libyan port city of Misrata, where Gadhafi’s body had laid on display in a cold storage facility for the past four days. The bodies were washed in Islamic tradition before the burial ceremony, which was held at 5am.

    Libyan authorities have said they will keep secret the location of the Gadhafi burial, so as to ensure that it neither becomes a shrine for the former dictator, nor defaced by his enemies, the AP report said.

    Apart from this, investigators with the international human rights advocacy group Human Rights Watch also reported Monday that they had discovered the dead bodies of 53 Gadhafi supporters who appeared to have been executed with their hands tied behind their backs. Human Rights Watch research Peter Bouckaert said the abandoned hotel in Sirte where the bodies were discovered “had been under the control of NTC fighters from Misrata before the killings took place,” Al Jazeera reported. “Bloodstains on the grass and spent cartridges indicated that some were shot and killed at the spot they were discovered,” between Oct. 15 and 19.


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