In the wake of Saddam’s execution, almost five years back, I wrote:
However history judges either aspect of the execution, I hope for at least one small benefit: that the next would-be tin-pot dictator sees this grainy, graphic, grotesque reminder of what could happen when his people get hold of him, and chooses a more benevolent path.
–Me, _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ , January 2, 2007
Gruesome footage of Gaddafi’s final moments were posted online (please note that the link leads to a violent video intended only for a mature audience). Hard to believe that of those Beirut conspirators, only Fidel and Gorby remain. The boogeymen of the 1980s are dropping like flies.
I worry that the Libyan and Egyptian revolutions are going to go the way the Iranian one did in 1979. Hopefully events will assuage my concerns.