The graphic photos of the grimacing Qaddafi are all over world. His death is truly the end of an era when colonels and even Sergent's lead coup de etat's against their rulers. No longer. They are a dead breed and good riddance.What strikes me in the deaths of Qaddafi and other tyrants is the relationship and loyalty given by their sons and daughters. In particular the sons, who in their loyalty want to protect and die with their father even if they believe and know that theirs is doomed fate. The father may be a man of evil but the sons sees his only his father the man who loved and raised him. One sees that in the lesser known fact that along with Qaddafi was his son Muattasim one of two who have died defending their father. Lying dead surrounded by the young men who killed him and his father rejoicing at his death giving the victory sign while holding up cell phones to take their picture along side his dead body. There is no description of how the Muattasim died.No doubt the news will come out slowly. Everyone knows how Saddam's evil sons,Qusayy and Uday,they died standing firing machine guns at US troops and dying in a hail of bullets far from their father's hole. Maybe Muatassim died in hail of bullets or maybe like his father took cover in a sewer pipe hoping for a miracle. One wonders if the remaining sons wished that their father had a more glorious death. Dying and still flaying his sword until death took him. Instead, he dies propped up on the side of a Toyota truck surrounded by one mad adrenalin group of young rebels out for blood, looking confused and asking what is going on. At least he did not die like Mussolini strung up like a chicken.
Qaddafi was true to his word. He said that he would die before he would hand over power. Translated into a cliche, he said " over my dead body." Many sons and many fathers were killed in this civil war. I am sure that are many stories of bravery and heroism on either side of this conflict. But it was in the end a conflict between freedom and tyranny. One wonders the unspoken questions that Gaddafi's son's might have had had only their father had been truly a father to his country.
Dead fathers and their dead sons next to them is the universal expression of love and loyalty to one's dad even if he is a mean son of B^@#%.