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Friday, October 21, 2011

Gaddafi dead

Celebrations in Libya following the announcement of Gaddafi's death. This is the end of his remnant regime's dwindling resistance. One of his sons vowed that they would live and die in Libya and that's proved correct. The civil war has taken about 8 months to come to this stage and with his death in Sirte the war will surely end with the surrender of what is left.

Picture's of Gaddafi's body. Initial reactions.[AlJazeera]


Report from District 2. [AlJazeera] Gaddafi and men tried to make a run for it. Dies on way to Misrata.


The man with the golden gun. [ITN]


Barack Obama on Gaddafi's death. [AP}


I doubt this point would have been possible without the NATO air cover - it probably would have been a stalemate otherwise. The West staying out and limiting itself to air strikes was the best thing, even if it did mean the war dragged on. The only positive thing about that length of time is that it has given the opposition time to work together constructively. Let's hope that carries on.

5 Comments:

At 21/10/11 5:50 pm, Blogger jane said...

How appalling that these former leaders should be hunted down and have their pictures spread around the world like this. Savage and not civilised at all.

 
At 21/10/11 7:32 pm, Blogger Tim said...

Indeed. Surprisingly the most objective media response in my view comes from that group of talking heads that present themselves on "One News" (your News.... remember: It's not about "Us"..yea - it's all about "YOU" - all that crap. From memory I think Qantas told me all that on some award, or some such other piss useless authoratative profile)
"ONE NEWS as tops.
But fruity Garth got it about right though (I'm giving the cnut shit only because if they persist on presenting themselves as being above the story as personalities - they deserve everything they get....
and sorry to turn this in to a commentary on NZ's media, but REALLY it's fucking pathetic - JUST the way a gubbamint loiks it.

I write this whilst the ONE News ("YOUR" News bulletin) has moved on and is now talking about "Seminal Moments" FFS!... but in relation to rugby, rather than something that's a little more important.
Me thinks the "e"'s and "i"'s are being confused somewhere though whilst they are congratulating each other on "scoops" As ONE News goes to air, they're alltrying to figure out to spell seminal - Rest assured though they're all ejaculating like it was all some wank contest.

MEANTIME....
Gadaffi was is/was a cunt.
Nato did get his enterage in an air strike as he was trying to shoot through from Sirte - but so too did the "rebels" (get him).
A Freedom Fighter ("Rebel", new-regime-transitional-council-"nobody", Gadaffi army defector, body guard turned bad - whoever...) dealt to him!

THe young 20yr old "rebel" called Mohamed Abibi (however ya spell it) told it as it happened. I admire him immensely!
Quite hard to understand why the 20 yr old's claims were met with such cynicism. He did see him in a "hole" - (Just that that "hole" in the ground was a drain pipe) - a "round" thing at his feet.
Fighters... the ones that got him WERE crying "no, no, no" as if to say "keep the cunt alive".
Oh Dear, How sad though.

This fucking media has become more concerned about their image and how people perceive them than they are about reporting what's happening.

 
At 21/10/11 7:40 pm, Blogger Tim said...

and yes (Tim S)apparently each post is limnited to 4096 chars. But - despite the fact that I've swarn off listening to "The Panel" - I was in transit today - with commercial free NatRad as the only alternative.

Jim just proved to me my earlier comments were correct. God they were all gorgeous weren't they?
Each and every one!
All WHITE? ... yes - all VERY!
All middle class and comfortable?...yes - all VERY!
All regular pop-idol experts stating the bleeding obvious, or opinions that are no better or worse than anyone else's?....yes - all VERY.
Their commentary was so fucking Earth shattering and important I adore them.

WHY do people CARE what a load of pop-idols like that think - especially when its presented in a manner that is supposed to convince us all they they are somehow "Expert"!
It's like NatRad is trying to become some sort of "high-brow" Newstalk/talkback equivalent - which is exaclt where Mora should fuck off to.


But back to Libya. FFS! it has a population of about 6 mil. There are FEW that have not been adversley touched (as in having someone they know disappear, tortured, fucked over, etc. by Gadaffi or his enterage).

I'm happy for Libyans. I'm now even more cynical about our media (at least today's "media" - including the BBC for fucks sake who weren't even prepared to take their own correspondent's first-hand discussion as legit).

I also wonder how 40 or 50 years ago even (slightly before my time), NZ's media has prostituted itself in such a way to have become amongst the world's WORST, when it was once amongst the world's BEST.

I met ane employed journalist recently working for the electronic Meedya outlet THAT DID NOT EVEN KNOW WHAT THE FUCKING 4th ESTATE was!!!! There was once a 4th Estate press club in Hobson St Auck, that had intelligent conversations amongst one another even though they were getting pissed as they did.

Now all we've got is a bunch of egos wondering who is better than whom - is Dunc better than Gee-on? is he a poof or is (s)he? No he is, no she is. "Oh I feel sorry for his wife" blah blah fucking blah. They're lucky there's all that "what happens here stays here" bullshit is going on.
BOTH are as week as gnats piss and riding on their middle class wave of complacency.
So is Jim ... so is the Catholic gurrrl.
No wonder John can smoil en waaave.

On that matter in Opotiki above Tim - how long are you prepared to wait? It might be till a change of gubbamint before it happens - AND EVEN THEN I don't like ya chances!

 
At 21/10/11 8:14 pm, Blogger Frank said...

"The only positive thing about that length of time is that it has given the opposition time to work together constructively. Let's hope that carries on."

Amen to that, Tim...

 
At 22/10/11 5:41 am, Blogger Brewerstroupe said...

"Now, I am under attack by the biggest force in military history, my little African son, Obama wants to kill me, to take away the freedom of our country, to take away our free housing, our free medicine, our free education, our free food, and replace it with American style thievery, called "capitalism," but all of us in the Third World know what that means, it means corporations run the countries, run the world, and the people suffer, so, there is no alternative for me, I must make my stand, and if Allah wishes, I shall die by following his path, the path that
has made our country rich with farmland, with food and health, and even allowed us to help our African and Arab brothers and sisters to work here with us ...
... I do not wish to die, but if it comes to that, to save this land, my people, all the thousands who are all my children, then so be it. ... In the West, some have called me "mad", "crazy". They know the truth but continue to lie, they know that our land is independent and free, not in the colonial grip."

- from:
Recollections of My Life
by Col. Muammar Gaddafi, April 8, 2011

 

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