Gaddafi is dead: what are we going to learn?

On Thursday 20 October 2011, Muammar Gaddafi was captured and killed in circumstances still unexplained. After a seven-month long war, Gaddafi died in his last bastion of Sirte.

Muammar Gaddafi in 2009

Muammar Gaddafi in 2009

Every media rapidly published photos or videos of his body as journalists competed against each other to identify the man being lynched on screen. In this race, Al-Jazeera seems to have won the prize of the bloodiest video.

Analysts have started the usual game of finding out “who benefits most from this crime”.  The assassination option seems more interesting than the trial one for many people. Remember what happened to Bin Laden? After all, everyone is pretty sure that Gaddafi would have revealed precious information about oil contracts, European leaders such as Berlusconi or the new Libyan government.

Now that he is dead, we will definitely learn more about his bank accounts in Dubai. We will also learn about how much of a tyrant he was. But one thing is certain: Gaddafi was not stupid. He might also have kept information about oil companies or European leaders in a place other than his memory. Will we learn about this as well?

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