In the wreckage of the country that he had built from nothing, he pleaded for mercy, but brutes don’t understand what that means.
The men who had cornered the fallen dictator of Libya now set about humiliating him.
Never mind that he was a 69 year old man who barely possessed his full faculties.
Never mind also that everything he loved had been taken away from him at the last count he has lost three of sons and of course his adopted daughter in a previous bombing raid.
The men who cornered him and those who support them claim to be Muslims, they say that they understand what God’s last Prophet taught a community that now embraces perhaps a quarter of the earth’s population.
Islam does not permit cold blooded executions, or the celebration of some one’s death.
NATO says this has nothing to do with them, in the same way that British and American secret service claimed the downfall of Mossediq and his consequent humilation had nothing to do with them.
That was a lie, as is the lie that is currently being perpetrated by Cameron and Sarkozy.
They have blood on their hands, perhaps the blood of many who have perished in this pointless enterprise.
One day the world may live to regret the actions of these foolish and reckless men who in their vanity believe that they have a divine mission to bring democracy to those who have never tasted it.
The people of Iran never forgot how their leader was humiliated all those years ago and the reaction came in 1979 with the establishment of a Islamic state.
That may yet happen in the chaos that is now Libya.