On Twitter Barry Malone (Reuters) asked an important question. Who is actually responsible for the final blow that took Gaddafi out? NATO had been targeting a “rogue” convey in Sirte and the rebels (TNC) was on the ground. So did Libya’s Trans-National Council (TNC) actually kill Gaddafi or did NATO. Malone stresses this is an important distinction; and it is.
The one currently circulating on the internet was either taken with a digital video camera or a cell phone video. (Most are reporting a cell phone but the on screen widgets look more like a digital video camera). So below is the picture circulating on the internet and the other is a slightly clearer resolution shot without the on-screen widgets taken from a different device (havent seen online yet)
Better resolution-No camera On-Screen Widgets (less popular)
One circulating online (From Video)
I just saw the raw video and I am debating whether or not to post it. There is just something about holding up a body, smiling, laughing, and then tossing it back down that kind of bothers me. If I decide to put the video up it will be here below shortly.
UPDATE 10:36 a.m.
Al-Jazeera released their own video of Gaddafi. This is not the video from the pics above; it is actually quite tame compared to that one. I may still publish that one (haven’t decided yet) Caution-Graphic content
**Update: release of CENTCOMM reports on this issue exonerating our Military: COMING SOON**
I want to thank all the readers here and my followers on Twitter. Three weeks ago my article rebutting Rolling Stone calling American Soldiers the “Kill Team” in Afghanistan was revived. The original was posted on Yahoo News. After a few weeks of regular activity it was moved to the web address “old.news.yahoo…” Like all old news stories.
But now it has been resurrected and it is back in the current Yahoo News pages! This is due to your traffic, your retweeting, and your attention to the matter. It is the only news story in the past 5 years to be pulled back from the archives and put back into current rotation. Thank you! (I wont shorten the link. I am proud of your help and want to display the results)
The CENTCOMM reports have just been declassified thanks to the work of some good friends. And what do you know? It looks like our Military was professional once again and the leftist publication Rolling Stone was way off. Who’da Thunk It? Me. And you. Stay tuned for the release.
What a mixed message! In one breath the Honorable James Steinberg says about Qadhafi (and his family) that they “must go so that the Libyan people can determine their own future.” Towards the end he says “Qadhafi knows what he needs to do. The violence must end and the threats must stop. His troops must withdraw from the cities they have entered“. That is flimsy at best and offers no clear result oriented goal.
So should Qadhafi first command the decline of the assault and then step down? Just because the defections have been numerous there is no reason to believe the assaults on civilians wont continue in his absence. What are you advocating for sir? If Qadhafi goes there is no guarantee the assaults will stop. However, only if he stays can he actually command the forces to stop striking civilians. You can’t have it both ways. And I humbly beg your pardon my dear sir. TRANSCRIPT HERE (read it if youre lost) and the video is below. Also can we finally agree on a proper spelling of his name?