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Seeing death as it happens brings cruel realities of war to the fore

Gaddafi's very public killing raises issues on the cost of conflict and the reality of terrorism, writes Eilis O'Hanlon

Published 30/10/2011 | 05:00

DO Nobel Peace Prizes come with return postage, in case recipients turn out to be less deserving of the honour than the committee in Oslo first imagined?

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Certainly those who expected Barack Obama to be some kind of Scandinavian-style peacenik must be having second thoughts by now.

George Bush only managed to take down one bad guy in Saddam Hussein. On his watch, Obama has already seen the downfall of two of America's bitterest enemies, both in murky and still largely unexplained circumstances. Osama bin Laden was dispatched in the middle of the night in his Pakistani compound in May.

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