By Henry McRandall
At the time of this writing, Libyan strongman Muammar Khadaf is still somewhere in hiding – either in Libya or in a foreign country granting him asylum. Wherever he is, though, the question must be asked: What should the Libyans do with him if he is captured instead of killed?
Khadafi is despised by the vast majority of his own people – most of whom have legitimate grievances against the brutal 42-year-long ruling tyrant – but he is also despied by most of the international community.
There appear to be two primary options: Turn him over to the ICC (International Criminal Court) for prosecution for war crimes and crimes against humanity or keep him in Libya and let his own people try him for a much wider range of crimes against them.
Many foreign governments, including those of the U.S. and many western countries, may pressure the interim Libyan regime to either turn him over to the ICC or quickly place him on trial with a view to convicting and executing him.
Some, including Amerikkka, may argue that his crimes merit international prosecution and that the ICC is the right body to carry this out.
But wait a minute!
What right does the United States have to try to tell any other country what to do with its own criminals when the U.S. itself will not even accept ICC jursidiction over war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by Amerikkkan politicians and the U.S. military?
Obviously, if that is what Amerikkka wants to see happen, it has no business sticking its nose in the equation.
Alternatively, the U.S. may press for a quick show-trial/execution as happened with Saddam Hussein after he was found hiding in a hole in Iraq.
Hussein was vengefully subjected to a public show trial in which his ultimate conviction was a foregone conclusion, and summarily executed.
But the vengeful Iraqi victims of this dictator were egged on by the Geroge W. Bush administration and Bush himself was the primary cheerleader and instigator.
It could not truly be said that Saddam Hussein received a fair trial and while he may have executed many of his own victims without even a show trial, it will not advance the cause of democracy in Libya for the interim government to lower itself to Khadafi’s level.
If Khadafi is caught he should be prosecuted not by the ICC but by Libya’s own courts.
But rather than turning it into a vengeful spectator blood sport, those responsible for his prosecution should bend over backwards to make sure that the justice they ultimately mete out will be truly deserved by Khadafi.
What Libya should do with Khadafi
By Henry McRandall