The grainy cell phone photo of the mortally wounded dictator seems definitive.
Libyan strongman Muammar Qaddafi is dead, according to a spokesman for the National Transitional Council.
Qaddafi died of wounds suffered during his capture near his hometown of Sirte on Thursday, Reuters and Sky News reported. U.S. officials say they are working to confirm the NTC’s claim.
“Qaddafi is dead. He is absolutely dead … he was shot in both legs and in the head. The body will be arriving in Misrata soon,” media spokesman Abdullah Berrassali told Sky News.
He apparently attempted to flee in a convoy with his stop advisers, was stopped, and then took refuge in a drain under the road before being killed.
I don’t think anyone is surprised that Qaddafi refused to be taken alive, and the outcome seemed inevitable from the time western powers dedicated support to his overthrow.
The question now becomes what sort of government will eventually arise in the wake of the dictator’s death. Hopes are high among some, but I would not be surprised in the least if it turns out to be yet another fundamentalist Islamist hell-hole.