We should all rejoice over despot's demise
Published 23/08/2011 | 05:00
Last night, as the troops of the Libyan Transitional National Council closed in on Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's last stronghold in Tripoli, there was cause for rejoicing far beyond the borders of Libya.
In his more than 40 years in power, Gaddafi had shown himself no ordinary tyrant. Others had contented themselves -- many still do -- with exploiting and robbing their own people. But Gaddafi interfered on every continent, supporting the most wicked and crazy regimes. The list of his crimes would fill a book.
And not least among his crimes was supplying arms and explosives to the Provisional IRA to kill and maim soldiers, police and civilians here, in Northern Ireland and Britain. This man was an enemy of Ireland.