The killing of the notorious Libyan dictator Muammar el-Qaddafi on Thursday marks the end of a long struggle for the people of his embattled nation.
For more than four decades the citizenry was ruled by a man known for repression, iron-fisted rule, the fomenting of terrorism and savagery.
The body of deposed Libyan leader was displayed at a house in Misrata Thursday after he was captured and killed in his home town of Sirte.
The corpse of one of Gadhafi's sons, Mo'tassim, was also laid out in a private house in Misrata.
Gadhafi was reportedly hiding like a “rat” in a drain tunnel when he was dragged out and killed by Libyan fighters he once scorned as "rats." He was cornered, beaten and then shot in the head as Libya's new leaders declared they had overrun the last bastion of his long rule.
Colonel Qaddafi made a peace of sorts with the United States, renouncing terrorism and the production of weapons of mass destruction, turning over individuals suspected in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, and paying compensation to the victims’ families.
He got the last laugh, though, by securing the release by our purported friends and allies in the Scottish government of the only person convicted in the murders.
To see the convicted terrorist welcomed back to Libya as a hero was sickening to civilized human beings who believe in justice.
Let us hope that the new leader of Libya, the devil we do not know, will be better than the one we did know.