U.S. backs probe into circumstances of Gaddafi death

Reuters reports: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Sunday backed a possible U.N. investigation into the death of deposed Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and called for the convicted Lockerbie bomber to be jailed again.

There is growing international disquiet about the chaotic scenes surrounding Gaddafi’s apparent summary execution following the fall of his hometown of Sirte on Thursday.

“I would strongly support both a U.N. investigation that has been called for and the investigation that the Transitional National Council said they will conduct,” Clinton told the NBC program “Meet the Press,” referring to Libya’s interim rulers.

“You know, I think it’s important that this new government, this effort to have a democratic Libya, start with the rule of law, start with accountability,” she said.

U.N. Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay has called for an investigation into the killing.

Libya’s outgoing prime minister said on Sunday a bullet that hit Muammar Gaddafi’s head may have been fired by one of his own guards during a shootout with government forces in Sirte.

“So I view the investigation on its own merits as important but also as part of a process that will give Libya the best possible chance to navigate toward a stable, secure, democratic future,” Clinton said.

Perhaps the Libyans regard the US as a democratic role model and on that basis assumed that it would be OK and indeed be the American way to administer swift justice to Gaddafi.

If someone like Anwar al-Awlaki could be deemed such an imminent threat to the United States that he could be assassinated and there be no legal justification presented for his killing nor any investigation, should anyone in the Obama administration now wonder why Gaddafi’s captors might have felt similarly empowered to end Gaddafi’s life? After all, Awlaki never killed a single American, whereas Gaddafi was responsible for killing thousands of Libyans.

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5 thoughts on “U.S. backs probe into circumstances of Gaddafi death

  1. AMeshiea

    Don’t forget the absence of any investigation into the assassination of OBL. No the US has its rights to summary execution but the rest of the world does not.

    What a load of crap.

  2. dickerson3870

    RE: “I would strongly support both a U.N. investigation that has been called for and the investigation that the Transitional National Council said they will conduct,” ~ H. Clinton

    SEE: Gaddafi ‘killed with his own golden gun’, news.com.au, 10/22/11

    (excerpt) MUMMAR Gaddafi was killed with his favorite golden pistol, a witness said, as Libya’s new rulers argued over what do with the former dictator’s remains and a key henchman appeared to escape.
    Gaddafi was carrying the golden pistol when he was captured by Transitional National Council (TNC) fighters in a sewage pipe outside his hometown of Sirte on Thursday, following a NATO airstrike on his convoy, an official told The (London) Times.
    “Gaddafi was first captured by rebels from the east,” the source said. “Then the Misrata group showed up to take him. The eastern rebels didn’t like this and the soldier pulled Ghadafi’s golden gun and shot him, telling the Misrata guys, ‘You can have him now’.”…

    ENTIRE ARTICLE – http://www.news.com.au/world/gaddafi-killed-with-his-own-golden-gun/story-e6frfkyi-1226174024930

  3. sharon-marie

    I dont Hate but my feelings towards this sick B..tch Hilary Clinton are close to insanity Who Do American Politicians think they are ?why can we not stop this madness..She Clinto orders like pizza the killing of Giddafi now investigation is she not satisfied why does she need to have this spread out for us to maybe read at some future date ..please !

    I pray Americans will be rid of the madness from their sick politicians whom are creating such dispicable interruptions on the lives of people not to mention the environmental damage from their crazy wars and money seeking greedy ventures please get rid of them like NOW!

  4. Christopher Hoare

    The world’s po-faced maiden aunts will make a big thing of the sequence of affairs that is 99% certain to happen when an armed group captures a fugitive they all have every reason to hate. I wonder how many had the leisure to lecture the Italians against hanging Mussolini upside down? It was clearly beyond the bounds of possibility that the TNC would have a special and highly controlled body of ‘peacekeepers’ stationed at exactly the right place to capture Qaddhafi and protect him from instant revenge.

    As for Clinton having the outright gall to lecture the Libyans on the wickedness of non-judicial murder … it must surely qualify her as hypocrit of the century.

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