Khadafi's ironic last words broadcast to unforgiving world
'What you are doing is forbidden in Islamic law,' said dictator, never one to follow any law
Colonel Moammar Khadafi was never one to follow any moral or religious
constraint wile he was alive, so it was highly ironic to learn that one
of the final words he told his executioners "What you are doing is
forbidden in Islamic law." Cell phone video footage of Khadafi's last
moments are now circulating on the Internet, and typically show the
graceless way an iron-fisted dictator leaves the mortal plain.
Colonel Moammar Khadafi was never one to follow any moral or religious constraint wile he was alive, so it was highly ironic to learn that one of the final words he told his executioners 'What you are doing is forbidden in Islamic law.'
In the disarray following his death, there are conflicting reports over what Khadafi may have said before he died. Repeatedly telling the mob swarming around him, "What you are doing is forbidden in Islamic law," the bruised and bloodied leader is met with a rebel is responding, "Shut up you dog," as the armed fighters fired celebratory bullets in the air.
The most popular footage ends with Khadafi declaring "What you are doing is wrong ... Do you know right from wrong?"
During Khadafi's tyrannical 42-year regime, the international community laid a long list of atrocities at his door, most notably the 1988 Lockerbie bombing that killed 270 people, mainly Americans.
Khadafi was killed shortly after his capture amid the final assault by Transitional National Council (TNC) on his hometown of Sirte. New footage only added to the confusion about the exact circumstances of his death.
The official word from interim Libyan Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril announced later Thursday that Khadafi was fatally injured after being caught in crossfire between his own supporters and rebel fighters. Other reports have cast doubt on that claim - one account suggests that Khadafi was shot by his own bodyguards.
The details surrounding his death are of little consequence to the Libyans who celebrated through the night in preparation of a new dawn in the troubled North African country.
His death means the transitional government can avoid a long trial and proceed with declarations that the country is now "liberated" as soon as this week. The new government can begin without the threats of an insurgency led by the former dictator.
The TNC is relying on the support of its allies, including Britain and France which led the NATO mission to support the anti-Khadafi cause, and the U.S.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pledged ongoing commitment to start building a democracy in Libya at a news conference in Pakistan.
"The death of Colonel Khadafi has brought to a close a very unfortunate chapter in Libya's history, but it also marks the start of a new era for the Libyan people," Clinton said.
"I want to underscore the commitment of the United States to supporting the Libyan people as a friend and partner as they embark on this new democratic path," she added.
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