Thursday, October 20, 2011

The "Gaddafi Is Dead" Open Thread.

Just in case you are residing under a rock this morning...
Revolutionary fighters overran the last major stronghold of Moammar Gaddafi’s loyalists on Thursday, and Libyan state television reported that the ousted former Libyan leader was killed.

There was no immediate confirmation of the death from independent sources, and conflicting reports circulated that he had been captured or wounded.

Libyan TV station al-Ahrar reported that Gaddafi was killed in the fighting but did not cite a source. Reuters news agency quoted an unidentified official of the interim national government as also saying the former Libyan leader had been slain.

“He’s captured. We don’t know if he’s dead or not,” Ibrahim Mohammed Shirkasiya, a senior security official in Misurata, the biggest city west of Sirte, said by telephone. He said his information came from revolutionary commanders in Sirte.

Celebrations erupted in Sirte and in other parts of the country as word spread of the fall of the city and the possible capture or slaying of Gaddafi.

In Tripoli, hundreds of cars honked their horns, and the air was filled with celebratory gunfire from automatic rifles and heavy weapons.

Gaddafi’s death, if confirmed, would ease fears that he could still rally his forces to launch a stealth guerrilla campaign against the revolutionary government. Gaddafi ruled with an iron fist for 42 years, brooking no opposition and establishing a cult of personality.
While viewing the capture Gaddafi was astounding, what if you were needing to view and capture another type of criminal? What do I mean? Well, if someone were to break into your home or business, surveillance cameras could have caught it all. For additional information on even perhaps wireless surveillance cameras, visit the previous sites.

Okay, let the spin begin. Some are going to see this as a validation of President Obama's much criticized "lead from behind" strategy. Others are going to give the US (well, okay, Obama specifically) no credit whatsoever for this. I'm sure my astute readers have their own opinions. Go in.

Question: What's your read on this?

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