Muammar Kaddafy is dead, along with all of the variant spellings of his name. Huzzah!
It's a wonderful moment, a triumph of the human spirit, when a tyrant meets a disgraceful end. When Qaddafi was pulled out of a sewage pipe by his own people and shot through the head, it was Christmas in October, with Santa Claus giving all of the world's good boys and girls a pony, a stable, a stablehand, and an annuity sufficient to pay for the pony's upkeep for twenty years. We can all agree on that.
Why couldn't we agree on that five years ago?
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This morning, the Center for American Progress wrote joyously of Gadaffi's demise, without a word of disapproval for the manner in which it occurred:
Moammar Qaddafi's demise today represents a measure of justice for the countless individuals he and his regime terrorized in Libya and around the world during his 40-year rule. … His death creates hope for a truly new Libya that can be responsive to its people and responsible in the world.
But what did the Center for American Progress think of the judicially ordered hanging of Saddam Hussein, executed after a trial far fairer than what any of his victims ever received? Not so much. Rather than calling Saddam's death a new dawn of freedom and hope, the CAP quoted Tom Brokaw with approval as he compared Saddam's execution to a lynching.
"[W]e portray ourselves around the world as the champions of democracy and the rule of law,” Brokaw said, yet Hussein’s execution “resembled the worst kind of nightmare out of the old American West."
To which the Center for American Progress added:
Mouammar Qhaddaffy was captured alive, and killed by an enraged mob who shot Kaddafi through the right temple. Here's Ghaddafy on capture:
No bullet to the head yet. That man can walk and talk.
Here's Qaddhafi several minutes later, his body being desecrated:
With a prominent bullet wound to the head.
That's a lynching. A well-deserved lynching, to be sure. But it evokes none of the tut-tutting of frontier justice, of barbarism, of western disdain for savages as they take their revenge on the future martyr. Instead, we get Hillary Clinton cracking a joke so lame it would have been rejected by the writing team on an Arnold Schwarzenegger action movie. (They'd have given it to Steven Seagal.)
As citizens of a democratic republic, we should all cheer when a tyrant gets his just deserts. So I'll join the Center for American Progress in celebrating this long delayed justice, and congratulate them on their change of heart.
And in years to come I'll look forward to celebrating the deaths of Kim Jong Il and Bashar Assad with them. Regardless of who occupies the White House.