Gadaffi dead (?)

This video from the USA is called Muammar Gaddafi Killed in Libya as Interim Government Seizes Last Regime Stronghold.

After conflicting reports today from Libya about Colonel Gadaffi being either wounded or dead, Democracy Now! in the USA reports:

As we went to broadcast, the ousted Libyan leader Col. Muammar Gaddafi was reported dead outside his hometown of Sirte, eight months after the first protests erupted against his longtime rule. Gaddadi was reportedly shot dead after his convoy was bombed in a NATO air strike. The news came as the interim Libyan government said it had captured Sirte, Gaddafi’s hometown, and the last major pocket of resistance held by fighters loyal to his rule. We speak to Democracy Now! correspondent Anjali Kamat, who has been following the developments in Libya closely.

See also here. And here.

How many people, other than Gadaffi, died during the NATO attacks on Sirte? The media seem to be less interested in that.

From the blog of Shirin Sadeghi in the USA:

Hillary Clinton Wants Gaddafi Killed

Posted: 10/19/11 05:16 PM ET

It was only last week that the US government tried to negatively portray Iran and Iranians by associating them with political assassinations.

It was just this week that US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton openly called for the political assassination of Moammar Gaddafi, the Libyan leader. “We hope he can be captured or killed soon,” she said — while in Libya, to Libyans.

It is actually against the law, what the US government is doing.

And not some kind of United Nations “law” or international legal standard (of the sort that sound fantastically humane but are actually just unenforced moral standards that most countries, especially superpowers, routinely ignore).

State-sponsored assassination is actually illegal according to the laws of the United States itself.

In the decades before and since President Gerald Ford signed United States Presidential Executive Order (EO) 11905 on February 18, 1976, the US government has directly and indirectly assassinated people — many people. And EO 11905 is not exactly ambiguous legal speak — it’s one of the most straightforward pieces of legal documentation you will find. In Section 5, subsection G, it clearly states that “No employee of the United States Government shall engage in, or conspire to engage in, political assassination.”

But not only does this law of the land continue to be violated, it is undertaken with boast and bluster — as well as the requisite vocabulary of patriotism — by high level figures in the US government. This week’s announcement in Libya by Hillary Clinton that she would like Libyan President Moammar Gaddafi “captured or killed soon,” though blunt, should not have come as a surprise. Under Obama, two high profile assassinations have already been paraded in the national and international media in 2011 alone.

The US government’s assassination of Osama bin Laden — the alleged mastermind of a horrific act of violence that led to the death of thousands of civilians — was emotionally justifiable to most Americans. But its lack of civility and the simple premise — which remained unchanged, despite variations in the official story — that an unarmed man was attacked in his home, in front of his wife and children, struck many Americans as very un-American retaliation. Is one a superpower when one must resort to such tactics to take out the enemy?

And then there was last month’s assassination of a US-born citizen living abroad. Anwar al-Awlaki wasn’t even a foreigner. The fact of his eventual demise as a result of a US government political assassination was so well known that in 2010 his own father hired civil rights lawyers in the US to remove his son’s name from the US government’s targeted killings list.

Anti-war campaigners warned that Libya’s ordeal is far from over as Western powers look to carve up its oil wealth and install a friendly regime in the wake of Muammar Gadaffi’s death today: here.

No sooner were the first unconfirmed reports of Muammar Gadaffi’s capture – later updated suspiciously to his death – than David Cameron‘s spin doctors sought to portray the Libya campaign as his personal triumph: here.

Gaddafi and friends: in pictures. World leaders may now be condemning the Libyan leader for his use of violence, but it hasn’t always been this way: here.

Robert Fisk: You can’t blame Gaddafi for thinking he was one of the good guys: here.

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