Wednesday, October 26, 2011
GADDAFI'S UNDIGNIFIED LYING IN STATE, SAVAGERY OF THE LIBYAN PEOPLE?
Once again Icheoku wears the hat of an advocate for human rights as well as an apostle of societal decency and condemns the Libyans for failing not only Gaddafi but the world in general in the macabre exhibition they put up with the lynched body of Moummar Gaddafi. Icheoku says but for the onset of secondary stage of decomposition, putrefaction, those Libyans would have continued in their deathly-orgy/reverie till their Allah knows when. Thankfully, albeit ironical, they were forced by Gaddafi's death-stench and unraveling anatomy to rush it off to a hurried burial in an unmarked desert-grave in the Sahara. At one stage in the goriness, Icheoku feared that those Libyans would start carving up Gaddafi's carcass for a feast or as a keepsake trophy? Gladly enough it did not get to that scale; except of course they refused to or did not capture the cannibalization on camera?
Osama Bin Laden at least got a sea burial in the Arabia sea; Saddam Hussein was privileged to have a tombstone erected for him in his native Tikrit burial place; but as for Gaddafi, he was not fortunate as his partially decomposed body is now being roasted under piles of hot desert sand dunes. Unlike the other two bad people who were executed by professionals with more humane strikes, Gaddafi was lynched by a vengeful mob and lived through a timeline of a very painful death. The process that led to his death and not his actual death, which he richly deserve, is where Icheoku has beef with those Libyans. It is Icheoku's position is that a former head of government should not be laid waste in such a brutal and unceremonious manner or murdered before a watching world and his body forever disappeared under the desert sands. As far as Icheoku is concerned, such tabooed display of Gaddafi's body in a meat freezer, is the height of wanton disregard and a desecration of the human dead. Even President Obama acknowledged this when he said "I think that there's a certain decorum with which you treat the dead even if it's somebody who has done terrible things." Unfortunately however this cannon of civility was lost on the Libyan people who were incensed by Gaddafi's decades of oppression to the point that they lost their humanity.
How could anybody so dishonor a dead body, displaying it like a game ready to be carved up; and in such a distasteful manner that the once hated man of Libya is suddenly getting more sympathizers from people who felt that NATO encouraged this barbarianism by deliberately bombing a fleeing head of state's convoy, deliberately choosing not killing him but leaving him as a quarry for approaching Libyan mob to harvest? Icheoku says freedom fighters do not take blind revenge hence our use of the word mob. The NATO fighter planes knew exactly who was in that convoy before targeting it and some few phone calls went by directing the revolutionary soldiers to their game numero uno and the rest as they say is now history.
However, Icheoku is not particularly happy that the so called Muslim country of Libya could be this barbaric, feasting the dead body of a human-being, and to the extent that they threw their Islamic injunction of burial within few few hours of mortis out the door? Even Osama Bin Laden enjoyed a quick Islamic burial without having the indignity of his body decaying in a public view and in a public place, being viewed and photographed by the filing Libyan public. It was a viewing, but unlike normal funerals that usually take place in funeral parlors, his was inside a meat storage facility; where he was laid out on a thin dirty mattress alongside his also murdered son. The purpose being for Libyans to behold and confirm that the man who kept them fearfully guessing all through the past forty-two years is no more. Leading one satisfied Libyan to say, "This is his destiny because of all the evil he has done. God made the pharaoh as an example to the others. If he had been a good man, we would have buried him. But he chose this destiny for himself."
Icheoku says no reason or excuse whatsoever is good enough or capable of explaining away the damage caused to the psyche by the goriness that was in display in Libya; and Libyans would henceforth be known as people who rejoice in the death of another. Icheoku also believes that if the unpreserved body of Moummar Gaddafi has not reached an advanced stage of decomposition that those death-enjoying Libyans would still have kept him displayed. It is also a well known fact that Moummar Gaddafi's traducers are not in short supply; leading one to explain away the exhibition of Gaddafi's body in the following manner - "Forty-two dark years under a merciless dictator has naturally left the Libyan people very damaged, it has driven them mad for revenge. The rotting body is just emblematic of the rotten political and social environment under Gaddafi."
Icheoku asks but does his ruthlessness justify the sight of a naked Gaddafi stewing in his bodily fluids, which molested every decent person's sensibility and made humanity look terrible? And Libyans are Muslims? Icheoku asks were it America that so killed a Muslim leader, heaven would be going deaf with protests, flag-burning and all such other querulous protestations and demands to observe the Muslim code of conduct as it relates to a quick burial of the deceased body. Or is there double-standards and different rules when it comes to the application of the requirement of a quick burial, when a non-Muslim country is involved with a dead Muslim? Icheoku says if not, why then did Muslims the world over not shout themselves hoarse in protestations, when the dead Muslim Gaddafi was lynched by his fellow Muslim Libyans who proceeded to keep his cadaver displayed, half-naked and publicly for five days? Why was it okay for Muslims to carry out such act as goes contrary to Islamic teaching but it is not okay for non-Muslims to do so? Icheoku is still at sea that Gaddafi's body was left in a meat storage facility for that long and without preservation; publicly displayed while people filed mockingly past, jeering and cheering as they take photographs of the dead Gaddafis as keepsakes.