Will the last Arab Dictator to leave, please turn off the lights?
Hunting is not a Sport: In Sport, Both Sides Should Know they’re in the Game
Being put down, flushed into the sea or hung by a leash; you would immediately think that I am referring to slaughtered animals. But in actual fact, these are the final moments of dictators no other then Saddam Hussein, Osama Bin Laden and the latest kill, Muammar Gaddafi.
Just as I am apprehensive of capital punishment; the shoot-to-kill technique employed by U.S. and British troops reiterates the fact that ‘Revenge is a dish best served cold,’ and not ‘Innocent until proven guilty.’ Why is it that justice seems to fly right out of the window when it comes to the West’s perception of the Middle East?
The ‘assassination’ comes under a long list of former dictators and apparent terrorists being killed and then swept under a military rug. In no way could I ever excuse autocratic regimes promoting genocide, as well as ‘religious racism,’ but I would rather sit in a jury shaking my head to ridiculous claims then never getting the opportunity to ask the vital question- “Why did you do it?” and more so “Here’s how I can prove you wrong.”
It is the least that the individuals are responsible for, answering to the people that they have persecuted for decades and not laying it in the hands of foreign governments to be judge, jury and executioner. Besides, the nations involved are less likely to be ousting their former leaders to become filthy-rich oil barons and trading with the U.S. and the U.K., unlike organisations such as NATO with ulterior motives.
Even a civil war didn’t stop Valmont Industries Inc. (VMI) of Omaha, Nebraska from growing wheat in Libya this year. Most U.S. companies pulled out of Libya when the unrest started, despite Libya holding the largest crude-oil reserves in Africa. Since Gaddafi’s death, many U.S. companies are likely to gradually resume or open operations in Libya as long as conditions improve. It comes as no surprise that National Transitional Councils (NTC) were itching to remove any obstructions.
Ali Aujali, the Libyan ambassador to Washington, has said companies from the U.S. and other NATO countries that aided the rebellion will be favoured in deals and investments according to Bloomberg.
So who is left on the roll of leaders? Former Egyptian president, Muhammad Hosni Mubarak seems to be avoiding the hit list, already afflicted with cancer and slipping back and forth into a coma. Counting his blessings, the politician has managed to stand trial, allowing charges of pre-meditated murder of peaceful protesters and corruption to be bought against him despite pleading ‘not guilty.’
Whilst the next target Bashar al-Assad, President of Syria is increasingly feeling the rope tighten around his neck; I hope that the Syrian demonstrators will actually get the chance to obtain validity before the West kicks the chair from under him.