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‘Gaddafi had heroic last stand’

Published time: October 21, 2011 02:12
Edited time: October 21, 2011 23:35

Libya, Sirte: A video grab taken from the mobile phone of a National Transitional Council fighter shows the arrest of Libya's strongman Moamer Kadhafi in Sirte on October 20, 2011. (AFP Photo / DSK)

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Muammar Gaddafi could have escaped and fled to another country, but he stood and fought to the last breath exactly as he’d promised, believes Jordan-based professor, Ibrahim Alloush.

­“What we have here is a heroic last stand and defense of Libya against a NATO-led invasion,” he said, adding that Gaddafi’s death would be a good example to thousands of his followers who reject NATO’s intervention in Libya.

“The fact that he was caught wounded, drenched in blood, and was assassinated after that – this is a heavy crime against a wounded man.”

“Things should be put into perspective. This is a political fight against NATO invasion in Libya and the world, especially the Arab world, has no more doubts that what we have in Libya are not revolutionaries but NATO stooges," Alloush said.

“Today is a very sad day for all the people who oppose foreign hegemony and imperialism,"  he concluded.

Gaddafi stood by his ideas and died as a martyr, believes Sukant Chandan, a journalist and spokesman for British Civilians for Peace in Libya.

He says however cruel that death was, the colonel wanted to battle in the trenches against neo-colonialism and NATO. So he died as he wanted, fighting for Libya. And as for the country’s opposition, it had been always closely tied to the West, Chandan adds.

“When you nationalize your oil, when you redistribute your wealth, build your country up to be with the highest living standards in Africa, inevitably, those forces which are against that development, both internally and internationally, will oppose you. Libyan rebel factions have always been in alliance with the EU powers against Gaddafi”, the journalist said.