Monday, October 24, 2011

A lesson for all dictators: Gaddafi’s tragic end

Gaddafi’s tragic end 

The killing of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi last week ended his 42-year-long dictatorship in Libya, proving once again that leaders who pursue oppressive policies against their people meet their ends at the hands of those people. While voicing disapproval of the brutal killing of Gaddafi -- he was lynched by opponents -- Turkish columnists say Gaddafi’s end is nothing more than tragic and should be a lesson to all such dictators.
Bugün’s Nuh Gönültaş says leaders who fool their people will share the same fate as the Libyan leader and recalls the end of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein and former Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak. Gönültaş regrets the fact that all these leaders who tyrannized their people were Muslims, yet he says as a Muslim he does not feel pity for these leaders’ tragic ends. “Saddams and Gaddafis are magicians and illusionists who deceive their people by using the name of God. Look, there is almost one magician or illusionist leading every Muslim nation today and they first fool Muslim people and then deceive them by using the name of God. That’s why Muslim societies are backwards today,” says Gönültaş.

Sabah’s Mahmut Övür says it is inevitable that leaders who turn a blind eye to their nation’s expectations face a tragic end as they will either end up being tried or having to flee their country in the end. Yet, regarding the case in Libya, he says the incident was violent as Gaddafi was lynched by his opponents in a brutal way, a situation that he claims undermines the values of “freedom and democracy,” which will come to the fore following Gaddafi’s end. “That dirty ground created by the ‘modern West’ is contaminating the Arab Spring, which represents the future, freedoms and democracy in the region,” says Övür.

“A tragic end and Gaddafi was killed. He did not have any peace at the time of his death just as he did not give peace to his people during his life,” says Yeni Akit’s Abdurrahman Dilipak, reflecting on the death of the Libyan leader. He says Gaddafi, who came to power in Libya at the age of 28, did not leave his position until his death at the age of 69. “He was infected with megalomania shortly after coming to power, and he established a bloody dictatorship in a short period of time. He left 42 missing years and a country in tatters behind. Children who were in primary school when Gaddafi came to power are over 50 now,” says Dilipak. In his view, it would have been better if Gaddafi had not been killed after he was captured because Dilipak thinks Gaddafi’s trial would have been more valuable than his killing.


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