Thursday, October 20, 2011

It Must Be Time for Another American Party

Not a political party. Although that, too. But I'm talking about a parTAY party.

Nations do not think, they only feel. They get their feelings at second hand through their temperaments, not their brains. --Mark Twain

The world only learned gradually this morning of the death of Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi. But now multiple news outlets are piecing together the dramatic account of Gadhafi's final moments.

Jalal al-Galal, a spokesman for the rebels' provisional governing alliance, the National Transitional Council told Reuters, that Gadhafi "was killed in an attack by the fighters. There is footage of that." Gadhafi is now officially the first leader killed as a result of the Arab Spring uprisings, as the Associated Press notes in its obituary of the leader.


According to reports from several sources, Gadhafi was fleeing a NATO-led rebel attack on the former leader's hometown of Sirte, which had been a last remaining stronghold for Gadhafi forces. According to the Reuters report, the rebels found the former Libyan strongman hiding in a hole in the ground.


Ah yes, the hole in the ground. Sound familiar?

The rebel fighter who found Gadhafi said that the Libyan leader repeated "Don't shoot, don't shoot" upon his capture.

If so, tell me again why it is that he’s dead?

The BBC reported that the same rebel fighter was "brandishing" a golden pistol which he said belonged to the Libyan strongman.

Ah yes, the pistol. Sound familiar?

And of course, there is inevitably another story.

Gadhafi was killed Thursday when revolutionary forces overwhelmed his hometown, Sirte, the last major bastion of resistance two months after the regime fell. Amid the fighting, a NATO airstrike blasted a fleeing convoy that fighters said was carrying Gadhafi.


Al-Jazeera TV showed footage of a man resembling Gadhafi lying dead or severely wounded, bleeding from the head and stripped to the waist as fighters rolled him over on the pavement.

Information Minister Mahmoud Shammam said he was told that Gadhafi was dead from fighters who said they saw the body.

“Our people in Sirte saw the body,” Shammam told The Associated Press. “Revolutionaries say Gadhafi was in a convoy and that they attacked the convoy.”

Sun Times

So I guess that's actually two alternate stories.

....but hey, do what you will anyway.


Meanwhile, Shamman said Gadhafi’s son Muatassim has also been killed in Sirte.


President Barack Obama said Thursday the world can say definitively that the Moammar Gadhafi regime has come to an end.

“The dark shadow of tyranny has been lifted,” Obama said.


Sound familiar?

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