Gaddafi’s Death And African Union: An Interview With Libyans (Part 4)

Battle in Libya
Battle in Libya. Photo by Reuters from: Ana Sayfa

In the fourth and final chapter of our interview series with Libyans (see: part 1, part 2, part 3), we will be touching some of the hot button topics, and more specifically the circumstances of Muammar Gaddafi’s death in captivity and the future of the African Union, an organization that the dictator helped to re-establish and actively patroned.

Gaddafi’s Death
One of the hot button issues that we covered in our interview series was the death of Muammar Gaddafi, and whether what happened to him (according to videos) was justified. And as one can see from the responses, Libyans do not seem to have a united opinion on the topic, though most of them agree that his death helped Libya close a dark chapter in its history.

Here are some of the featured opinions on the topic:

Although I understand why the angry crowd killed Gaddafi, as this is an expected scenario (judging how the Romanians did with Nicolae Ceausescu and his wife Elena, and how the Italians before them dealt with their dictator Mussolini and his wife); but would have liked to see him tried in a court.

My opinion is that what happened to Gaddafi was the only way to give Libyans real closure.

It seems people forget who truly are the Freedom Fighters. They are only civilians like you and me. So I would love to know how all those people would have reacted if they were living in Libya for 42 years under Gaddafi ruler, if Gaddafi would have killed their father, tortured their brother, raped their sister and you have been fighting during 8 months without seeing your family.

And after all those destroyed bodies you’ve witnessed, all the friends you’ve lost, after all of this you find yourself in front of Gaddafi. Anyone who says he’ll catch him and put him in trial is either a liar or a complete ignorant .. Gaddafi is better dead for the Libyan people and if NTC want to try someone for his death I will be proud to be put on trial like will do 6 million Libyans.

Libyan Freedom Fighters
Libyan Freedom Fighters. Photo from:

A wrong question.
There was no trial, even not a trial according to judge Lynch. So if there was no trial, how to ask about justification?
Nobody played judge over Gaddafi. He just fell into the hands of those who suffered severely under the effects of his orders. It also belongs to humanity to understand their feelings, and who is able to, will more be astonished that they did not blow him into little bits but brought him with a mainly healthy body to Misrata.
I do not care whether he was shot to death and / or who did that and am not willing to judge about it. This was no matter of carefully thought decision, but normal human behaviour.

No…but understandable given the circumstances. Understanding what happened is not “justifying” it. He could have been tried and executed in Libya. Hearing about his crimes would have been cathartic for many victims. They may have received more specific answers about the deaths of family, friends, and neighbors. Perhaps the NTC should have had a mobile arrest force available… but the battles were fluid situations. As well, Gadaffi was clearly not surrendering when the convoy left (it was heavily armed), nor when the FF’s first encountered them armed and hiding.

I don’t know, I think he should have been kept alive to get all of his secrets and to know what else has he done to our people. There are still some famous people missing that we want to find their places of [burial], and there is over 40,000 missing, we need to find them.
However, if he was kept alive, then there would have been more problems, and someone might even allow him to escape, so it is better that he died.

African Union’s Future
The other hot button topic issue we’ve discussed with our interviewees was about the future of African Union (AU), an organization that the late Libyan leader invested a lot of his efforts into. And here is what most Libyans that we’ve interviewed had to say about the AU…

Gaddafi at African Union summit
Gaddafi at African Union summit. Photo from: The Daily Star

First let’s concentrate on rebuilding Libya, Gaddafi wasted billions on Africa and he was simply buying corrupt African leaders to agree with what he was planning to do. He neglected his country while spending billions on other countries in Africa. (Charity Starts at Home). He once said that he had $95 billion for Africa, while his country was suffering.
Africa has many problems and issues which will take years to solve.

I will do everything in my power to avoid Libya being part of the AU which is really just a Tyrant Club. Libya donated money to AU while Libyans starved and were unemployed in a country with poor infrastructure, health, and education.

Speaking from a Libyan point of view the entire African union can GO TO HELL ! they haven’t exactly been of any kind of help to the Libyan people: on the contrary they aided Qaddafi by providing him with mercenaries and support of all kind to help eliminating Libyan population.

I have no other answer but that AU was a big Gaddafi joke for slowly becoming the Leader of The leaders or how he liked to say “The king of the kings.”

I think relations with other African countries might not be so good, especially after some counties helped kill our youth from the first day of he revolution.

Won’t affect it much. I believe he was not doing OK with it any way. He wanted to monopolize it and use it for his own gains and power. They might do better in fact. The only drawback would be the decrease in funding.

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