Sunday 19 November 2017

In cold blood

•The death of Muammar Gaddafi was truly horrible. It appears to have been cold-blooded murder. He was seen on TV pleading for his life before being shot in front of a howling mob and his battered body dragged around the street. How could anyone think that this could be justified?

Last week, Hillary Clinton suddenly turned up in Libya saying she hoped that Gaddafi would be captured or killed. We saw this bloodthirsty approach from the US administration when it came to the killing of Osama bin Laden. The US, of course, is a country which believes in the death penalty.

The hanging of Saddam Hussein in Iraq in front of a jeering crowd was also nothing less than barbaric. His lifeless body appeared on the front pages of many newspapers, where children could see it as they walked into the newsagents. On Christmas Day, 1989, we saw the shooting dead of the Romanian dictator, Nicolae Ceausescu, and his wife, Elena. Their dead bodies lying in a pool of blood were shown on television.

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