Why don’t I feel the thrill of victory?
A Nato air strike in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, has killed the son of the Libyan leader, Colonel Gaddafi, a government spokesman has said.
Colonel Gaddafi himself was in the large residential villa which was hit by the strike, the spokesman added, but he was unharmed.
His son Saif al-Arab was killed, as well as three of his grandsons.
Journalists say the building was extensively damaged and one unexploded bomb remains at the site.
Government spokesman Moussa Ibrahim said the villa was attacked “with full power.”
“The attack resulted in the martyrdom of brother Saif al-Arab Gaddafi, 29 years old, and three of the leader’s grandchildren,” he said.
“The leader with his wife was there in the house with other friends and relatives, the leader himself is in good health, he wasn’t harmed.”
“This was a direct operation to assassinate the leader of this country,” the spokesman added.
Dang it, how many kids of this guy do we have to kill before he gets the message? (All of them, I’m sure.) I guess that’s the way it is in war. You try to kill the other guy, and sometimes his grandkids get in the way. Bummer.
And Obama’s nowhere near the scene of the crime, isn’t that neat? He’s like Professor Moriarty, palpable in all crimes, yet invisible. This is one of those times when “leading from behind” has its advantages.
Seriously for a moment, I have supported Israeli strikes on Palestinian terrorists even when children have been unintentionally harmed or killed. Human shields are outlawed for terrorists as much as they are for more law-abiding folk. But maybe President Obama isn’t made of the same stuff. (Maybe?) Maybe he isn’t made to be a leader, from behind or anywhere else. Maybe he can’t live with the consequences of his decisions. NATO would have known of the possibility, even likelihood, of killing more than just Qaddafi, but they took a shot. In war, once you define your objective, you have to, even if later you may have wished you hadn’t. Which is why Obama wants nothing to do with Libya. Afghanistan and Iraq, where killing and cruelty still take place, are Bush’s wars; Libya would be his. Qaddafi figured His Excellency, Baraka Hussein Abu oumama, didn’t have the gonads, and he figured right.