14th March 2011
What was India thinking – being friendly with Gaddafi!?
India has apparently been trying to be friendly with Gaddafi over the last few years!
Thus, "Datta-Ray writes that in 2007, Qadhafi was proclaiming that the sky was the limit when it came to cooperation between the two [India and Libya]. Not to be outdone, India’s finance minister was waxing eloquent about India’s “unlimited interest” in broadening ties between the two countries." (Source)
But this man is a total monster – the representation of pure evil on earth. I wish I had known this (Sadek's story, below) earlier, but surely India would have known it. And yet, India tried to be friendly with this monster?!
I know the current situation in Libya is beyond my control, and but I do hope that India does the right thing this time – by supporting the people of Libya against Gaddafi – and never supports such monsters in the future.
SADEK SHWEHDI'S STORY (NOT FOR THOSE WITH A WEAK STOMACH)
Sadek was a student who had been educated in the US but returned to Libya to complete postgraduate studies. While qualifying as an aeronautical engineer at university in Oklahoma, he arranged forums about the direction of Libya under Colonel Gaddafi. Libya's secret police had obviously been monitoring him, and soon after his return he was detained.
On the morning of June 6, 1984, about 6000 students ranging from six-year-old primary school children to university students were told they were being taken to see Colonel Gaddafi make a speech.
Dozens of buses took them to the major venue in Libya's second city, Benghazi, the Suliman al-Darat Sports Hall.
As they walked into the massive stadium, they saw in the middle of the basketball court a long, thin curtain hanging from the roof.
Finally, at 4pm, the show started, broadcast live on state television. Seven judges appeared and announced they were putting Sadek Shwehdi on trial.
As the students watched, the judges asked: Are you Sadek Shwehdi? He was, he answered.
Had he been disloyal to Muammar Gaddafi? He had not, he said.
The judges said they had evidence he had been – and declared he had been found guilty.
A stunned Sadek was walked over to the centre of the basketball court and the curtain dropped away revealing a noose.
At this point, says Ibrahim, there were sounds of horror from the audience. Some shouted "No!"
The noose was put around Sadek's neck, at which point he began crying and, although 30 years of age, shouted: "I want to see my mother."
The rope was pulled up until he was hanging. But without the usual trapdoor and sudden fall, it was too slow to kill him.
One of Colonel Gaddafi's supporters in Benghazi, a woman called Hoda Benamer, rushed over and began swinging on Sadek's legs, trying to finish him off.
He would not die. So he was lowered to the floor and taken to Hawari Hospital, where five doctors examined him before one injected him with poison.
Still they could not kill him. So one of the doctors filled a sock with sand and pushed it down his throat. They held his nose so he couldn't breathe. Finally, he died.
Far from hiding his regime's brutality – and incompetence – Colonel Gaddafi insisted the botched hanging be replayed on television three times a day.
Colonel Gaddafi appointed Ms Benamer, the woman who hung from Sadek's legs, mayor of Benghazi. She is now one of the wealthiest women in the country.