Published On: Fri, Oct 21st, 2011

“We Came, We Saw, He Died”

That flippant comment came from the Secretary of State of the United States of America upon hearing of Gaddafi’s death. What was Hillary thinking? She is known to be a cold person, but this seems beyond the pale. She makes it sound like she personally ordered the hit on Gaddafi. It appears to be an inordinate amount of swagger from someone who considered George W Bush a cowboy.

Now few will disagree that Muammar Gaddafi was a bad guy, but there is no dearth of bad guys in the world, so why all the blood lust over this one Hillary's Spiritual Predescessorbad actor? Daffy was certainly insane, but no more so than Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. He was a tyrant, but so are the rulers in Beijing, Havana and Tehran. Gaddafi killed his own people who opposed him, but so does Bashar al-Assad of Syria.

So, why was Gaddafi singled out for this treatment? Why was it so important to get rid of Gaddafi that the French actually bestirred themselves enough to use military force. It is a fact that France with the support of Britain led the drive to intervene in Libya, but Barack Obama got on board with the initiative with a strategy that was described by an aide as “leading from behind.” Thus all the power of NATO with crucial US support was directed against this one tyrant of all the tyrants of the world.

Why was it so important to intervene in Libya when worse events are occurring all over the world? Somalian pirates wreak havoc, Syria’s Assad slaughters protesters wholesale, Hugo Chavez increases his dictatorial hold on the Venezuelan people and the Iranian Mullahs oppress their own people while racing to secure a nuclear weapon. Yet the powers that be in the West made the decision that it was Gaddafi who had to go.

Perhaps Muammar Gaddafi’s luck just finally ran out. Perhaps it was just an accumulation of circumstances that put an end to his 42 year reign. Nicolas Sarkosy of France needed an issue to boost his chances for re-election, The Brits have a need to seem to remain relevant as budget cuts decimate their armed forces, Barack Obama reluctantly came on board so as to not seem totally ineffectual, and lastly no one in the Arab League had any use for Gaddafi. So it was probably just Gaddafi’s bad luck that he was selected as the one of whom a lesson was to be made.

See also Counting Chickens In Libya

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- Paul Bianco, retired from a career in sales, now spends his spare time as a gadfly on the many political blogs. Paul says he is just going through a phase, but that phase seems to have lasted two decades. Paul's conservative political philosophy was formed well before conservative talk radio and Fox News came along. Paul remembers the days when conservatives like William F Buckley Jr were voices in the wilderness "standing athwart history, yelling stop!" From time to time Paul contributes some of the insights he has gained from observing politics for so many years, and hopes that readers will be entertained and perhaps even enlightened.