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Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland

Satisfying Times for Defenders of Freedom


"This time, democratic nations stood by the oppressed and against the despot. This was a signal for all people subject to tyranny: dictatorships donít go unpunished; dictators are not immortal."


By Adam Michnik



Translated By Halszka Czarnocka


October 21, 2011


Poland - Gazeta Wyborcza - Original Article (Polish)

The corpse of Colonel Moammar Qaddafi, beaten up, shot at and looking much the worse for wear, is now splayed out on the floor of a refrigerated meat locker, an object of scorn and ridicule by the very people he claimed loved him, Oct. 21.


PRESS TV VIDEO [IRAN - STATE-RUN]: Former British MP George Galloway asks: Who gave the order to kill Moammar Qaddafi?, Oct. 21, 00:50:56RealVideo

One shouldn't celebrate anyone's death, even if the person was a tyrant responsible for the suffering of thousands. The death of Muammar Qaddafi is not, therefore, a cause for me to rejoice, but rather to ponder the nature of this world in which we live - side by side with dictators.


Qaddafi appeared indestructible. He blackmailed and humiliated the entire world. He terrorized Libyans with the heavy hand of a despot, while reaching an understanding - after years of conflict - with the world of Western democracy. There were even times he managed to have European governments come to him on bended knee.


In his long career he had stints as a conspirator and sower of an Islamic "green" revolution, which he later abandoned. But he has always been a dictator. He believed in violence and lies and reckoned that this would suffice. His calculations proved wrong. The dictatorís subjects finally realized it was time to say: enough!


And that was the end of Qaddafi. Having the army by his side he long resisted, as does the still-ruling dictator of Syria. And he would have resisted still if it were not for the military intervention of France and Britain supported by other nations. This time, democratic nations stood by the oppressed and against the despot. This was a signal for all people subject to tyranny: dictatorships donít go unpunished; dictators are not immortal.


Although they may be an indelible element of our times, their collapse is just as indelible. The fall of a dictatorship may come through negotiations and democratic reform; but it may also come through violence and bloody revenge.†††






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Der Spiegel, Germany: German Editorial Roundup: The Death of Qaddafi


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Dictators should carefully study the lessons of the Arab Spring. Some, like the regime in Burma, have begun a cautious opening toward the democratic opposition. A similar process is going on in Morocco. Elsewhere, however, such as in the country of our neighbors [Belarus] which is ruled by Lukashenka - dictators still believe they can act with impunity and live forever. And Ukrainian President Yanukovych has begun to follow in Lukashenkaís footsteps.


They are just as badly misguided as was Qaddafi. We must wish them to come to a better end than their Libyan colleague. That is something we should wish for ourselves, too. Violence begets violence, hate begets hate, and vengeance begets vengeance.


I do not believe in a world without hate. After all, we're no angels. I do believe, however, that every dictatorship has its end. These are moments of satisfaction for the defenders of freedom.



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