Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Beware of gruesome end of a dictator, corruptor

Al Makin, Singapore Tue, 10/25/2011 5:00 AM , The Jakarta Post, Opinion
Libya’s paramount leader Muammar Qaddafi has paid the ultimate price for his long iron fist of unbearable dictatorship. His death on Thursday was truly ugly — a lesson worthy of reflection for the remaining dictators who have wantonly spilled the blood of their peoples.

I advise you not to watch the Al Jazeera’s video recording of the incident on YouTube. It is horrible. Qaddafi, who onced ruled Libya with mighty arrogance, is beaten severely, after being pulled from a drainage pipe.

The Arab Spring has now dethroned three Middle Eastern dictators — Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, Hosni Mubarak and Qaddafi. Ben Ali escaped from his own people’s justice, whereas Mubarak resigned after a storm of mass demonstration.Qaddafi, who acted like God, was killed in the same cruel manner that he used to rule his own people. Worries are certainly overshadowing Yemen, Syria, Saudi and, perhaps, Iran, where calls for freedom are mounting.

A tide of revolution is on the move. The wind of democracy will blow over the Middle East, but when it will happen nobody knows. Indonesians, after more than a decade of reform that put an end to 32 years of Soeharto’s rule, are still traveling the bumpy road toward democracy. Libyans should perhaps know what is ahead.

In the eyes of Qaddafi, Ben Ali is perhaps a coward, daring not to face the wrath of his own people. Instead, he left Tunisia and sought asylum in Saudi Arabia. He was sentenced in absentia to 35 years in prison.
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