Philip Hensher: Gaddafi killing brought satisfaction, not justice
Published 22/10/2011 | 05:00
Colonel Muammar Gaddafi was accustomed to appear in public wearing enough insignia on his chest to cover a dining table. Whatever else his medals were awarded for, it wasn't bravery.
Ceausescu went to his death before a firing squad singing the 'Internationale'. Saddam Hussein died shouting, "Do you consider this bravery?" But Gaddafi seems to have died the death of a coward, found in an outflow pipe, cringing. He shouted, "Don't shoot, don't shoot" and, according to one freedom fighter, "What have I done to you?" Considering the scale of Gaddafi's crimes, the freedom fighter might very well have been able to supply a precise and specific answer to the question.
Gaddafi was beaten, and, it seems, killed with a shot to the head. The images of a bloodied Gaddafi in his last moments quickly went round the world.