David Frum On Gaddafi’s Options
An article from David Frum, who served as special assistant to President Bush, on CNN lays out Gaddafi’s options.
Stay in power or die in prison. From cites Slobodan Milosevic, the perpetrator of genocide from Serbia who died in a Dutch prison; Saddam Hussein, who was found grimy in a pit and publicly hanged after the invasion of Iraq; and then, perhaps more recently, Charles Taylor, the Liberian dictator who helped ignite war in Liberia and Sierra Leone…Taylor is in a Hague jail cell and will likely remain there for the rest of his life.
This represents an interesting point in international politics, especially when dealing with long-time dictators like Gaddafi who could be brought up on a number of humanitarian offenses in his near 40 years in office.
Frum suggests that if a country would not sign on the treaty indicting Gaddafi, then he could possibly seek refuge there.
But, given the NATO effort, it looks like Gaddafi’s time is quite limited.
And, given the actions of his Islamic Legion in Darfur and the highly publicized genocide there, it doesn’t look like Gaddafi will be getting out of prison within this lifetime.
Just how justice will be relegated, especially with the limited role being played by the United States in Libya, should prove very interesting.
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