Gaddafi Dead; Son Captured. What Next?

Looks like the Libya’s NTC finally said something is true. Former Libyan leader,a close friend and ‘Bunga Bunga’ party guest of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, Col Muammar  Gaddafi is dead. His son Mo’tassim was captured,

Word has it that he died as a result of wounds he sustained during a gun battle which resulted in the  NTC taking of Sirte. he had been injured and removed from Sirte in an ambulance. Am sure one of the fighters couldn’t resist the urge to aid him in kicking the bucket.

It means now that the entire country is firmly in the hands of the NTC and the in-fighting can begin now in earnest.  Libya’s wealth has already been pretty much shared out among the French and the rest of NATO but the political power is not a forgone conclusion. The NTC itself is a coalition of efforts and different factions in it will demand more power than others. Benghazi will say it was the birthplace of the struggle while other regions will claim they were pivotal and significant milestones on the road to ‘freedom’. Then some will drum statistics which will claim that they lost more lives than anyone else. As if that is not enough, some tribes are going to make demands on the basis of their size alone. Everyone will have a story and there will need to be a single strongman to sort this mess out.

Or will Saadi and the rest of the kids make a comeback sometime in the near future?

Whatever happens, the story has just begun. Somewhere down the line, sooner or later, shots will be fired in anger we will be back to square one again.

UPDATE: Mo’tassim Gaddafi is also said to have been killed according to the NTC.

  • The above is a typical example of a story boardering on negatives. The issue at hand was to destroy tyranny as it was personified by Gaddafi who had taken it upon himself that Libya was his personal entity and that is what led to this conflict that precipitated his ultimate demise. Therefore to suggest that this is just the beginning of yet another quagmire is being too persimistic indeed. Why not look at the positive angle and say people will now come to an amicable understanding with each other and learn from the mistakes that Gaddafi created in his 41 years of autocratic rule.