Our Secretary of State, not acting like the grownup she is purported to be:
How many times do I need to say this? The death of a human being should not be applauded, celebrated, or congratulated. I join my brother member of the bar in taking the killjoy stance that celebratory statements and remarks about a man’s death, which seem to be coming from left of the aisle this time around, are not appropriate. Certain folks on the right, who ought to know who they are, have been similarly adomonished in the past here and elsewhere, e.g., applauding the multiplicity of executions in Texas in Presidential primary debates.
The liberation of Libya is properly cause for applause. The apparent end of the civil war, especially with what appear to have been the good guys winning, is certainly to be celebrated. Qaddafi is not to be mourned and perhaps his death will spare the world a farcical show trial as we were treated to with Saddam Hussein in Iraq.
Unfortunately, as with Saddam, we have now been treated to the spectacle of another gruesome and seemingly lawless execution performed by an angry mob. While the anger directed at Qaddafi is more than understandable and it may well be that someone simply let their emotions get the better of them, founding a new government upon what looks all too much like murder is not an auspicious beginning.
There is much to be pleased about concerning Libya after Qaddafi. But Qaddafi’s death is not one of them, and the manner of his death is disturbing. Let us encourage our new friends there to quickly adopt the rule of law rather than the rule of the mob.