Death Of Gaddafi – OpEd


By Horace Campbell

The news of the killing of Colonel Gaddafi in the battle to take Sirte marked one more episode ion this NATO war in Libya and North Africa. The killing has all of the hallmarks of a coordinated assassination, synchronised between NATO aircraft and forces on the ground. The reports are that Gaddafi was attacked when he was attempting to leave Sirte in a convoy. The convoy was attacked from the air, the National transitional Council has announced that the war is over but the very nature of this execution guarantees that this uprising will not end soon.

This execution comes one day after the Secretary of State Hillary Clinton of the United States openly called for the political assassination of Col Gaddafi, the Libyan leader: ‘We hope he can be captured or killed soon.’ This statement guaranteed that although Gaddafi was captured alive he was killed while injured.

The very management of the news of this execution represented efforts to influence the continued political/military struggles within the divided forces. The hijacking of the body and its transportation to Misrata was one more indication of the internal struggles in the NTC and Libya.

It is still urgent that the African Union and the United Nations work for the demilitarisation of Libya and for the work to organise an inclusive government in Libya. The execution of Gaddafi comes in a week of heightened military action in parts of Africa, Kenya, Somalia, Uganda and the Horn.

This remilitarisation of Africa and new deployment of Africom is a new stage of African politics.

Peace and justice forces must work harder to end wars, plunder and western military interventions in Africa.

Horace Campbell is professor of African-American studies and political science at Syracuse University. He is the author of ‘Barack Obama and 21st Century Politics: A Revolutionary Moment in the USA’. See

Pambazuka News

‘Pambazuka’ in Kiswahili means the dawn or to arise as a verb. Pambazuka News is produced by a pan-African community of some 2,600 citizens and organisations - academics, policy makers, social activists, women's organisations, civil society organisations, writers, artists, poets, bloggers, and commentators who together produce insightful, sharp and thoughtful analyses and make it one of the largest and most innovative and influential web forums for social justice in Africa.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *