Newspaper Review: Gaddafi’s gruesome execution raises questions over Libya’s future

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UAE newspaper review

Gaddafi’s last moments and brutal death at the hands of his captors has taken UAE’s newspapers by storm.

Gulf News published the photograph of Gaddafi’s bloodied body lying in a storage freezer in a Misurata market. The paper’s main headline “UN calls for Gaddafi probe” entails information about the circumstances in which he was captured and murdered by fighters loyal to the National Transitional Council.

Khaleej Times said mystery shrouds killings of slain Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and his son Moatassim Gaddafi who were murdered soon after being captured alive. The paper added that Gaddafi’s daughter Aisha has asked for a thorough UN investigation amid concerns raised by Russia and UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon over what seems like summary executions and blatant violations of human rights and international conventions.

The National has splashed a photograph of NTC fighters offering Friday congregation prayer soon after the execution of Muammar Gaddafi and his son Moatassim. The Abu Dhabi-based newspaper’s foreign correspondents reported that Libyan officials are contemplating where and when to bury the slain leader.


The National said US President Barack Obama will pull out all troops out of Iraq by year’s end. “I can report that as promised, the rest of our troops in Iraq will come home by the end of the year,” the paper quoted Obama as saying which will bring the end of Iraq’s nine-year-long occupation.

Gulf Times published a similar story while adding that just under 40,000 US troops are still based in Iraq. The paper also mentioned that Obama’s statement comes after the failure of intense negotiations with Iraqi leaders in which the American government tried its best to keep the forces in Iraq to train the nascent Iraqi security forces.


The UAE papers also reported the first ever post-Ben Ali elections which will be held on Sunday and are tipped to be clinched by moderate Islamic parties.


Khaleej Times’ editorial talks about the lessons learnt in Sirte which can have its implications for Syria. The editor insists that embattled Syrian President Bashar Al Assad “should take a lesson or two from the evolving history as to how the mighty and the powerful end up when they tend to go over the brink.” He also suggested that Colonel Muammar Gaddafi could have avoided a ‘despicable end’ had he granted the will of the people and stepped down in all humility.

The National editorial says there is a sense of anticlimax as the last uniformed US troops leave Iraq in a few months time. The editor summed up the whole US adventure as an “ignominious end” which is “better understood as a lesson”. “Large-scale military intervention by any ‘great power’ is all too likely to be humbling, blood-soaked, frustrating and fraught with risk,” he added while questioning the future of Iraq without US occupation forces.

By Moign Khawaja ~ Editor – Arabian Gazette

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