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  • Morning Bell: The End of Qadhafi

    Former Libyan dictator Muammar Qadhafi is dead from wounds he suffered during his capture near his hometown of Sirte, according to Reuters reports. If the news turns out to be true, it would be great news for the people of Libya who have long suffered under Qadhafi’s tyrannical rule and who have waged a months-long civil war to end the decades-old dictatorship. However, just as the death of Saddam Hussein did not mark the end of hostilities in Iraq and the death of Osama bin Laden did not spell the end of al-Qaeda, so it is also true that much work remains to ensure that Libya’s future is secure.

    Qadhafi was reportedly captured in his hometown of Sirte amid news that the Transitional National Council (TNC) finally took control of the city after weeks of fighting. Reuters reports:

    National Transitional Council official Abdel Majid Mlegta told Reuters earlier that Gaddafi was captured and wounded in both legs at dawn on Thursday as he tried to flee in a convoy which NATO warplanes attacked.

    “He was also hit in his head,” the official said. “There was a lot of firing against his group and he died.”

    Celebrations erupted in the capital city of Tripoli, and Libyan Information Minister Mahmoud Shammam said, ”It’s a great victory for the Libyan people.” But Heritage’s James Carafano notes that the work is just beginning for Libya’s government:

    Libya‘s new government has a long to-do list. It can only be hoped that disarmament and reintegration goes quickly and the new government focuses on civil society, economic growth, and keeping out extremist influences.

    In August, Libya’s rebel forces took control of Libya and effectively ended the Qadhafi dictatorship. The TNC went on to kill or capture key members of Qadhafi’s regime. However, though the TNC has shown that it is capable of maintaining domestic political legitimacy and authority, it is now responsible for an orderly transition to a new representative government.

    The war has left Libya’s population divided according to political, tribal, and local factions. The U.S. should work with the TNC to make sure that Islamist extremists seeking to hijack the democratic process are not successful, and it should be prepared to assist the TNC in restoring the rule of law. And Heritage’s James Phillips writes that securing the Libyan army’s dangerous weaponry, including anti-aircraft missiles known as MANPADS (Man-Portable Air Defense Systems), should also be a high priority.

    Though the end of the civil war in Libya appears to be near, now the work of reconstruction begins. Hopefully, Libya can form a new democracy as it clears away the rubble of the Qadhafi regime.

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    47 Responses to Morning Bell: The End of Qadhafi

    1. robbie says:

      I wonder how long it will be, before our fearless leader takes credit for getting Qadhafi?

      • Lion6870 says:

        Right after he sends Hillary in with billions of our dollars to "rebuild" their poor country that we ruined with our drones. Oh, and just before he apologizes for whatever we did/din't do to ruin their country.

      • Bell says:

        Robbie, it won't take long, that I'm sure of. This isn't going to make me want to vote for him either. He can stand on his head and I still won't vote for him.

    2. Paulc37 says:

      How can remaining a dehumanized slave to Islam be a triumph of any kind?

    3. mike wilcox says:

      What about reports that Black Libyans are being rounded up by the socalled "Rebels" ?

      Are these reports true ? If they are, WHAT are the implications of this vis. US foreign policy ?

      I'm sure you can understand my skepticism, in light of one of the "googled" sources of who is reporting these stories, and it seems the the Main Stream Media Outlets are IGNORING this so called "ethnic cleansing" !

      Human rights investigations
      evidence-based, independent and rigorous investigation of human rights abuses
      Libyan rebel ethnic cleansing and lynching of black people

      Posted on July 7, 2011 by HRI Mark 58
      http://humanrightsinvestigations.org/2011/07/07/l

    4. ThomNJ says:

      I enjoy your columns, but I am amazed at this one. "Libya's new government has a long to-do list. It can only be hoped that disarmament and reintegration goes quickly and the new government focuses on civil society, economic growth, and keeping out extremist influences."

      If Heritage has hope that a secular government will arise from the current LIbya, the organization has more hope than sense on this particular issue. This country will be worse than what Ghaddafi oversaw and will fall along the lines of Egypt, as a rapidly transitioning fundamentalist islamic state – and extremely likely to be hard-line at that.

      People have not seemed to learn in the West that moderate islamic folks will rarely stand up to the fundamentalists, even when the fundamentalists are in the minority. They appease and then eventually succumb – it is just a matter of time. In fact, the Middle East will become a caliphate before it becomes a secular democratic group of nations. This will only get worse, not better. It is about time the West accepted that.

      • carol,az says:

        Thank you Thomas in N.J ,for your correct explanation.
        The West refuses to, nor clearly defines the centuries of war and tribal culture and how these countries operate. The USA wantsthese countried to be like us. They don' want to be like us, do like our money.

        Certainly, we all finding todays news , good news for the world.
        But to imagine that getting rid of this madman will allow some better madman to appear riding on a perisan rug declaring equal rights for all, is as sophomoric as expecting our economy to turn around here at home, under our current leadership.
        Both are just pipe dreams.

    5. Paul says:

      "If the news turns out to be true, it would be great news for the people of Libya" Swap out "would" with "could". It could also be a disaster. The genocide of Rwanda was not 2 decades ago. And smaller scale atrocities are ongoing.

    6. Michael Hoyes says:

      There is a US aviator, involved in the 1986 raid on Libya that needs to be brought home. There is no better time than now. Let his family and friends have closure, and let us not leave anyone behind.

    7. Jaime Calva says:

      You mention that death of Osama bin Laden did not end al Qaeda. In my view al Qaeda and none of the terorist organizations will ever end until the source of their funding is openly indentified and dealt with. Since the advent of the UN, not a single conflict has been brought to a complete conclusion.

    8. MNJ says:

      Let's hope the Libyans can get through this without another totalitarian form of government.

      Best wishes for growth of freedom.

    9. CHRIS says:

      The death of any dictator never brings peace. "To deal in revolution is to plow the Sea" – Simon Bolivar

    10. TaterSalad says:

      What will be interesting to see and watch today will be Barack Obama using the scalpe of Qaddafi to his own political gain when the majority of the American people didn't even want to be involved in this Libyan fight in the first place. We won't put it past Obama to do this! Watch!

    11. Rubin L. Darnell says:

      It could be that it isn't only a good thing for Libya, but a good thing for us too.
      Those people over there have been fighting amongst themselves since time began, and they will continue to do so. We should keep our noses out of things that do not concern us.
      How many of them came over here and helped us when we had our civil war?
      If they bring the fight to us, then we should blow them off the map,and be done with it instead of our men and women losing their lives.
      This is all political B.S. an excuse for our Government to squander away American Taxpayers money.
      We have homeless people right here in the United States, why can't we take care of our own?

    12. steve h says:

      Libya, Egypt, Tunisia have toppled their dictators! The much criticized route the Obama administration has taken with NATO and internation allies has worked!!! All the while, the Obama administration is working with CIA and Military to pick off Al Qaeda leaders one-by-one. Thankfully we have a President with the courage to do this – if McCain was in office, Bin Laden would likley still be living, since he stated repeatedly he would not go into to sovereign Pakistan to get Osama.

      These records of accomplishments will be tough for Romney to criticize next year.

      • ThomNJ says:

        "The much criticized route the Obama administration has taken with NATO and internation allies has worked!!! "

        You are right if the end result was to create fundamentalist islamic states with sharia law.

    13. RAHouk says:

      How can the USA expect a rule of law to develop in Libya when our own President and Legislature are tearing down our rule of law and put in a dictatorial agenda?

    14. Sherryl Wilson says:

      Substitute America for Libya–could this be the verbage after Obama is taken out of office?

      Libya's new government has a long to-do list. It can only be hoped that disarmament and reintegration goes quickly and the new government focuses on civil society, economic growth, and keeping out extremist influences.

    15. AD-RtR/OS! says:

      "…Gaddafi was captured and wounded in both legs …as he tried to flee …'He was also hit in his head,' the official said…"

      As soon as someone recognized him, they put a bullet in his brain, and saved the Nation, and the World, from any more of his madness.

    16. 2DOkie says:

      I see low probability of the rise of democratic governments in the Muslim countries due to the absence of certain philosophical concepts inherant in all societies where democracies exist. Without those concepts in the basic mental structure of the majority of citizens, especially administrators and educators, it won't develop in the population either. The so-called clergy aren't likely to accept a reduced role either. Hope I'm wrong…but doubt it. The value of the individual and its worthiness of self-governance is based on the christian concept of Christ's sacrifice for every individual, and the idea that that demands mutual respect and consideration. Thus: equal standing under law, etc.

    17. Gayle says:

      Well, if this fellow is really dead good for the citizens of Libya. But with the obama admin and clinton I doubt the people will be free long before the brotherhood takes over and they will be under another dictatorship. In my opinion, the cards are being stacked against any kind of freedom anywhere.

    18. J E Houser says:

      "No child left behind." That is correct. That means that all students are reduced to the lowest common denominator.

    19. Fred says:

      If I were the Libyan rebels I wouldn't turn my weapons in. Maybe I would hide them but I wouldn't turn them in.

    20. ashraf saraf says:

      People of KaSHMIR HAVE SUFFERED MORE THAN LIBEAN AND EYGPTIAN PEOPLE,BUT NO ONE COMES TO SUPPORT KASHMIRIS AGAINST COLONIZATION OF KASHMIR.WHY THESE DOUBLE STANDARDS,IN LIBEA ARMED REBELIAN AGAINST ITS OWN RULER IS CREATING HISTORY,BUT RESISTANCE IN KASHMIR AND PLASTINE AGAINST COLONIZATION AND OCCUPATION IS TERRORISM . KILLINGAND OPPRESSION BY OCCUPIERS IS SACRED=====SHAMEFUL

    21. Lloyd Scallan says:

      If Qadhafi is indeed dead, two things will happen. Obama will find a way to take credit, despite the fact that we were told we have never had "boots on the ground". And second, Obama will dump billions of our tax dollars (which we don't have) into Libya. It worked so well in Egypt, it sure to work this time.

    22. Dr. Henry Sinopoli says:

      Who cares about ending the Qadhafi regime. Let's work to end the Obama regime.

    23. Paul Duncan says:

      This is a danger to our national security fast and furious.

    24. Red August says:

      Does anyone really believe that the present Administration is going to do anything to assure a "democratic" transition?

    25. The Farmer says:

      A Muslem nation will never be a place of freedom, that is not who they are; they chose to serve and live under harsh forced rule.
      We waste our blood and resorces if we don't offer them the better way, the way of LOVE through Him who is love.

    26. jjcrocket says:

      So now Obama who has for 8 months said this was a NATO mission takes absolute credit for "His Victory" in spreading Democracy. The MSM and Administration is jumping for joy and yet when Bush went after Saddam The Media and Obama called for Bush impeachment and called him a murderer?? This Media outrage must stop and Obama must be outed for his slander and lies!

    27. Lawrence says:

      I am glad that this tyrant is dead, but I fear the Lybian people havwejumped out of the frying pan into the fire
      We are hoping that "DEMOCRACY" will prevail in this country and others but as one of America's founders said, "Only a godly and moral people can make a democracy work.

    28. Drifter says:

      RE: The End…

      With radical factions of the MB, now in charge, I don't think that Libya is headed for any Democracy but there may be some surface to air

    29. Drifter says:

      I don't know about reconstruction or a new democracy, with the MB, now firmly in control… and what about those thousands of missing SAMs?

    30. Jonne Rosenau says:

      You appear remarkably sanguine about Libya's prospects now that Qadhafi is gone. I am highly
      skeptical anything resembling democratic, representative government will emerge. It is likely we
      have simply displaced one ruthless tyranny with another.

    31. Jack W Estes says:

      I shudder to think what type of satanic maniac that may replace Khadafi. May God be with the people.

    32. ViveLAmerican says:

      No Foreign dependents, please. Let's stop this nonsense. Stop paying for foreign dictators to live and to die.

    33. ViveLAmerican says:

      This proves that Obama will stop at nothing to get re-elected.

    34. Mary Y says:

      Pray about it..Don't stir..

    35. Jeanne Stotler says:

      Film shown earlier on Fox news showed him alive eing put in truck, thenhe was shot in head by one of the rebels, BUT BHO will take credit, already some of his cronies are saying this happened because "He led from behind" what ever that means

    36. Guest says:

      Man's inhumanity to man continues. Like jackels tearing apart dinner, only ghadaffi wasn't eaten….yet

    37. Black Helicopter says:

      I guess I am supposed to be glad he is dead but it seems to me that there is a lot of assassinations and overthrows lately. Obama is taking the credit for this but will not take the blame. Obama and his Muslim Brotherhood have seized the middle east. He seems a little too eager after killing the last two. We know he will kill Americans- Maybe he is acquiring the taste.

    38. Jay says:

      The end result will be the Muslim Brotherhood taking over Libya. This is all a set up for the Islamic regime to re-create a new Islamic Empire consisting of each countries leaders taken down. A pattern is emerging and Communist George Soros [ convicted insider trader and still wanted in other countries for economic espionage] and the ICG with their puppet Obama is more than likely behind this since Egypt. His plan is to obtain an oil / gas monopoly in Libya, Uganda, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, etc.

    39. Lynda Deming says:

      I too am amazed at this column. Got here from Canada Free Press where the column was posted, but simply could not believe it came from Heritage.

      "…dead from wounds he suffered during his capture…" Funny, I read he was alive and well surviving the wounds until someone involved in the capture plugged him in the head.

      Pretending that this so-called civil war was waged by the Libyans and not the muslim brotherhood and other assorted jihadists is just plain silly. We had no business asserting ourselves into a sovereign nation and assisting in the murder of their leader.

      How many billion did we spend to do this? If President Bush had done something like this there would have 16 reports a day reporting to the penny the exorbitant cost of the mission. Where's the outrage?

    40. Blair Franconia, NH says:

      Good riddance to bad rubbish.

    41. Guest says:

      Stop and think: Why is it that this country is trying to remake others in our image and then call it democracy? WE ARE A REPUBLIC. Democracy is not even mentioned in the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution. You are being led about by the social engineers and unless you learn history you are doomed to repeat it. "Everyone who wants to do good to the human race always ends in universal bullying."
      Aldous Huxley. Our country is NOT in charge of the world. Our military is being used by the UN, the trilateral commission, and council on foreign relations and they tell Obama what to do…he works for them not you. We need Ron Paul, the only man to not be bought. Restore America in 2012 We deserve peace and liberty.

    42. Guest says:

      I have learned something, if you mention a righteous man in this comment section you will not have your item shared. But you KNOW that unless we Restore America and the use the blueprint of this country, the US Constitution, rather than allowing it to be trampled by those in the 'leadership' of this county, we are sunk…and in all reality there is only one man who has consistantly led the charge to re-acquire rule of law and he has been black balled from media, Wall Street, his party, and apparently this Foundation. "All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident." Arthur Schopenhauer German philosopher (1788 – 1860) I pray this is worthy of review and posting.

      • Lynda Deming says:

        Both of your posts appear here. Signing in as a guest I'm sure your post had to be reviewed and approved. Someitimes that takes longer than we would like.

        The Ron Paulites have turned off more folks than they have won to their cause. He is right on a few domestic issues, although his walk does not always match his talk. When it comes to foreign policy he is a raving lunatic putting the likes of Pelosi, Durbin, Kerry et al to shame. He is a truther and calls our troops occupiers on foreign soil. No thanks! Not now not ever.

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