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Gaddafi’s Public Lynching Had Few Precedents

OK, this is another post about Gaddafi’s public lynching. Did you realize that it was somewhat unique and possibly a trendsetter? Here is why-

When was the last time a totalitarian leader of any country of note was lynched by a mob of commoners?

Tough question, isn’t it? Pretty much every unpopular leader who was killed after being overthrown from Caligula, Louis XVI, Quisling to Ceaușescu met their fate at the hands of their armed forces under the new leadership. The killing often occurred after a show trial with some appearance of due process or as part of the coup. In any case, even unpopular leaders don’t get lynched and abused by commoners. But Gaddafi was lynched by commoners in front of multiple cellphone cameras and this event was then broadcast, within a few hours, all over the world.

There is simply no recent precedent for an all-powerful leader, who ruled for decades, suffering such ‘indignity’ at the hands of commoners.

While most of you may not realize it, his treatment by the mob broke a tradition wherein even sadistic despots were allowed to die with dignity because of their previous role or position. The mob lynching of Gaddafi has therefore subconsciously set a new standard for the treatment of deposed despots and it will be doubtlessly imitated by others.

In a perverse way- he was a trend setter even in his manner of death. I can only hope that the future will have more instances of the ‘Gaddafi Special’ being applied to leaders of countries, organizations and corporations. He was lynched even though he was richer than most western politicians, businessmen and CEOs. But in the end- all his connections, dollar bills and gold could not protect him from what he richly deserved.


  1. October 22, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    so you think this means that the world has reached a tipping point where “privilege” no longer protects a leader from the “unwashed masses”?

  2. October 22, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    These were no commoners from Sert, they were revolutionary soldiers. And it doesn’t matter whether they were “amateurs” as some would like to describe them.

  3. Mr Stricter
    October 22, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    This is not a Modern European war and as such we can’t allow Modern European assumptions to dictate what we expect even if Qaddafi had an ersatz European styled state.

    Public slaughter of enemies is however common enough in tribal warfare which this is.

    What is unique is the globes ability to share it. Thats a little different. It will not however change bad guy behavior one iota. They never learn and in general being sociopaths or part of an elite tribe only respond to coercion or fear. This won’t scare them enough.

  4. AnonynmousDragon
    October 23, 2011 at 8:30 am

    “Still, compared to the 1958 coup that overthrew Iraq’s Hashemite Dynasty, the 2011 Libyan mob was almost decorous. Richard Grenier’s 1983 novel The Marrakesh One-Two recounts the way aggrieved Arabs behaved toward overthrown rulers 53 years ago:

    “…the Iraqis had hitched Regent Abd al-Ilah to the back of a truck and dragged him through the streets of Baghdad, with people in the crowd screaming in delight and dashing up and cutting off pieces of Abd al-Ilah for souvenirs, first his sexual organs….Then Abd al-Ilah’s body without the arms and legs was hung from a balcony and the crowd went wild and stabbed it with pointed sticks, and people climbed up and whittled off slivers to celebrate.”

    “Maybe he wasn’t popular,” said Omar.”

    Read more: http://takimag.com/article/peaceful_globalists_expedite_libyan_dictators_murder#ixzz1bchdoq5V

  5. AnonynmousDragon
    October 23, 2011 at 8:33 am

    Well, one “peasant uprising” really ending up fucking over a country over time, Russia for example. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shooting_of_the_Romanov_family

  6. Mr Stricter
    October 23, 2011 at 10:49 am

    AnonynmousDragon :
    Well, one “peasant uprising” really ending up fucking over a country over time, Russia for example.

    Things were not worse under the Soviets (save for parts of Stalins madness) than the Czars, not at least for average Russians. Common people got screwed and enslaved either way.

    • J.M.
      November 3, 2011 at 7:44 am

      Only moron would say that, check history and not war propaganda, on every standard the czars were FAR BETTER than what Russia got afterwards, for starters the czars doesn`t have millions of lives and blood spilt on their account…just check how Russia is doing today is such a vital country……..(sacarsm off).

  7. October 25, 2011 at 7:49 am

    What? You mean the Libyans publicly displayed Gaddafi’s body in front of thousands to confirm his death instead of secretly dumping it in the ocean within 24 hours as per “Islamic Law”?


  8. Petronius
    October 26, 2011 at 7:09 am

    You forgot about Mussolini, his death was very similar.

  9. February 27, 2012 at 11:56 am

    Why did Hitler commit suicide?

  10. Anonymous
    December 19, 2015 at 1:58 pm

    This is very unfair. No evidence of the purported vast wealth of Gaddafi has been found. He had one farmhouse and a couple of 1960s sports cars and a house in London used for diplomatic purposes. His family lived in good apartments but nothing extravagant. At his death and afterwards he was immensely popular for having defended his country rather than fleeing abroad as he could have done early on in the rebellion. Many of those who fought against him were not even Libyan.
    He was probably the least corrupt dictator of modern times.

    Sure, he was no worse than your average dictator. But here is the deal- you cannot piss off so many people over decades and not expect them to lynch you if they get their hands on you.

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