Overheard on CNN.com: There should be a medal, not an investigation
Libyan and world powers wanted to capture and prosecute Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi for alleged war crimes.
October 24th, 2011
04:49 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: There should be a medal, not an investigation

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"I'll save my outrage for the untold tens of thousands of victims dead by his regime and terrorism support." - sarcastr0

Gadhafi's autopsy reveals he was shot in head

United Nations and international human rights groups are calling for an investigation into Moammar Gadhafi's final moments after an autopsy report failed to reveal whether the killing shot to his head was from crossfire or at close range. Thousands of CNN.com readers argued over whether a trial was necessary, with most echoing Littleman2, who said, "He died the way he lived."

FiatJusticia said, "I cannot believe there are people who are outraged he was killed without a fair trial. I mean how soft are you, really!? This is a tyrant we're talking about, someone who would have your whole family murdered without hesitation. Someone who would have your whole neighborhood wiped out without a blink. This guy is responsible for a lot of deaths. People like you could never be part of a major change because you are afraid to hurt the bad guys. It's called justice ... true justice."

raustin714 said, "This was their Hitler. How would you feel if a relative of someone exterminated in Auschwitz had suddenly the opportunity to point a gun at Hitler's head? Do you think he would pull the trigger? Would you?"

Kamalarani said, "Thousands of victims of Gadhafi were horribly tortured, executed and buried and the UN and so-called Human Rights watches never said a word, or demanded an accounting of their whereabouts. Now they are jumping onto their high horses and demanding an inquiry of how this evil dictator was killed? Give the man a medal and a million-dollar reward. He did the whole world a favor."

pres128 said, "So it was OK to launch NATO airstrikes to try and kill him, and it was OK for Hillary Clinton and other U.S. officials to announce their hopes that he gets killed, but it's not OK to actually kill him? Now it's suddenly a problem?"

TotalFlight said, "I don't see this being much different than taking out Osama; why the investigation on this one?"

B2Tall said, "This whole 'investigation' thing is complete BS. All these countries chiming in (U.S. included) are just going through the motions so they can appear 'shocked and dismayed' at an example of street-justice. In reality, nobody cares. Not the State Dept., not the White House, nobody."

5cuba5teve said, "Gadhafi himself stated he would not be taken alive. ... who knows if a different outcome would've been achievable."

pres128 said, "Gadhafi was given a quick, high-caliber trial, the same consideration he afforded his many victims."

TonyInNYC said, "Since they haven't had the rule of law for 42 years, it was probably too much to ask that the architect of the horror not end up more or less like Benito Mussolini. It's a hard road from here for Libyans to put together a civil society for themselves."

But Jackblob asked, "So when is it okay to put a bullet in the head of someone who has already been captured and when isn't it? Where do you draw the line? You can't turn a blind eye to murder just because it was Gadhafi. I doubt you will find a law written anywhere that says it is okay to murder some people and not others. If it were an American soldier who put the bullet in Gadhafi's head, he would be guilty of killing a prisoner of war."

spyderc85 agreed, saying "Yes he was a tyrant but everyone deserves due process. The Nazis after WW2 were given trials and they were far worse. Saddam was worse than Gadhafi and he received a trial. While I agree this man deserved what he got, the way it was done is not right."

Jackblob said, "If you truly believe that laws and rights apply to all, you must be willing to extend those rights to your most hated enemy."

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Compiled by the CNN.com moderation staff. Some comments edited for length or clarity.

soundoff (78 Responses)
  1. Pete/Ark

    "what happens Libya stays in Libya"...it's thier country and thier rules...

    October 24, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • sjdsh

      LOL...Should've thought of that 7mos ago.Results are in= 60,000 Libyans dead,2mi homeless,country's been destroyed with 'freedom bombs'.New Gov= Islam Fundamentalists/Sharia law.

      October 24, 2011 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  2. s kel

    Lol I agree, let the dead despot lay. Hes done.

    October 24, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Frank

    I'm shocked and outraged that there wasn't a long boring trial before the execution.

    October 24, 2011 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    It wasn't our decision to try him or not; it was the Libyan people.
    It was into their hands he was delivered; it was their hands in which he died.
    People need to stop and think: if the Libyans wanted him to go on trial, he would be.

    October 24, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  5. isisnremy

    The answer to this question is that he was shot in the head and both legs, while in the custody of men who look like him, dress like him and hold many of the same ambitions he had. When Ghadafi took over he was hailed as a hero by his people and the world. Now he is dead and there are reports of his supporters being murdered. The Lybian people have traded blood shed for more blood shed, now they propose "democracy" but it will become evident that without tolerance, democracy easily degenerates into mob rule, which is simply a change in dictatorship and the ruling class. So the real question is, how are these new men, any different from those they are replacing?

    October 24, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • George Patton

      Actually, isisnremy, they're not. They're just waiting to take orders from the right-wing thugs in Washington who catapulted them into power because without Nato air and sea power, these thugs had no chance!!!

      October 24, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  6. History buff

    raustin714 said, "This was their Hitler. How would you feel if a relative of someone exterminated in Auschwitz had suddenly the opportunity to point a gun at Hitler's head? Do you think he would pull the trigger? Would you?"

    Many attempts were made on Hitler's life. Not every single German citizen joined-in with Hitler. Many objected to the NAZI movement and refused to join the German war machine. Of course they were informed-on by their neighbors, and either shot in the streets or arrested and thrown into Fatherland Security Prisons the Nazi's has built for housing the thousands of "terrorists" they planned on arresting for burning down the Reichstag German Parliment Building.

    Most German citizens did, however, join-in with the Nazis. Some of them are well-known people like Werner Von Braun, the father of NASA, and several famous members of the the Catholic church. Even some not-so-famous jews helped Hitler, escaped war-crimes tribunals, and went to work in America after the war. Area 51 is where the Nazi secret weapons facilities of Pinamunde and Nordhausen were moved to after the war. BMW was even making flying saucers the nazis...one of them was amazing. It was powered by 12 J-38 engines and could do some amazing arial stunts.

    And lets not forget about the innocent casualties in Libya. Not every single Libyan citizen joined-in on the carnage. Thousands were just ordinary townfolk who, after NATO bombed their communities, fled with their families into the desert. Upon returning to their bombed-out homes to go through the rubble as is customary, they were labeled "rebels" and gunned-down in their own streets.

    October 24, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • UFO nut

      I find it hard to believe that BMW was making flying saucers or that Area 51 is where the nazi secret weapons factories were moved to after the war. I will check it out though.

      October 24, 2011 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • ConTroll

      You shouldn't be, Jazzz. Philip here has told you his "theories" before, and you've always swallowed them hook, line., and sinker.

      October 24, 2011 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Portland Tony

    AN INVESTIGATION...INTO WHAT?
    WHAT INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS GROUPS? WHAT AGENCIES AT THE UN ARE ASKING FOR AN INVESTIGATION. CNN: YOU GUYS ARE SUPPOSED TO REPORT THE NEWS...NOT INNUENDOS! THIS WAS NOT A SHOT FROM A GRASSY KNOLL. THIS WAS WAR!

    October 24, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  8. @history buff

    You have added nothing to the topic. Please be quiet. The topic is NOT AH, even though someone brought it up in the comments of another thread. Do not try and turn this into a blog of your own topic choosing. Thank you.

    October 24, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • @@history buff

      That quote was not taken from a different blog as you claim. It was copy/pasted from this news story where other bloggers are quoted by CNN. Get a clue. (again)

      October 24, 2011 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • @@history buff

      You call this NOTHING? "And lets not forget about the innocent casualties in Libya. Not every single Libyan citizen joined-in on the carnage. Thousands were just ordinary townfolk who, after NATO bombed their communities, fled with their families into the desert. Upon returning to their bombed-out homes to go through the rubble as is customary, they were labeled "rebels" and gunned-down in their own streets.

      You cry for other total strangers all the time. Where are your tears for the 60,000 Libyan citizens who have perished? Oh, I get it. You never did youtube "israili mossad busted recruiting and arming 50,000 paid mercenary soldiers to help Gadhafi" or "nazi AG bayer". Now I understand. Sorry to bother you.

      October 24, 2011 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • @@@history buff

      I cry for the Libyans; why aren"t UOU cring for all of the people AH has put to death? I NEVER heard you say anything about them, but I sure have heard you rail against Israel time and time again! You want us to believe a word that comes out of your mouth? Then start being fair and unbiased towards EVERYONE, not just your chosen that day.

      October 24, 2011 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • @@@@@history buff

      "No, you did in fact state that it came from another thread. quote: "You have added nothing to the topic. Please be quiet. The topic is NOT AH, even though someone brought it up IN THE COMMENTS OF ANOTHER THREAD (as in, not this one). Do not try and turn this into a blog of your own topic choosing. Thank you."

      Is your ADD really that bad, or do you never read your own posts?

      October 24, 2011 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • @@@@@history buff

      Huh? You've never read my posts about how Russia won the war? Ocer 20,000,000 Russians gave their lives keeping the Nazi's from getting their hands on the very same oil China burns today. If the Nazi German's had gottent thir hands on that oil, they could have won the war.

      The Nazis had the technology to make synthetic gasoline, and did so. About half of all the gasoline burned by the German War machine was synthetic fuel. All of their machines used synthetic oil, decades before Americans had access to this technology.

      All you hear about is the six million jews, and enough tears have been cried for them to fill the Caspian Sea. Rarely do you even hear honorable mention for the over 20,000,000 Russians who stopped the Nazi war machine dead in it's tracks.

      October 24, 2011 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Philip

    "That there should be a medal, not an investigation" shows just how much this sickening right-wing lynch-mob mentality has permeated the minds of most Americans! We're supposed to be a nation of laws but somehow the American public is starting to believe it less and less. Murder is never right, no matter how much the public desires it!

    October 24, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      Well said, Philip. It does appear that the American public cries for bloodshed, but what the h#ll did Mohammar Qaddaffy ever do to these nutjobs here???

      October 24, 2011 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jeff Frank ( R - OHIO ) "Nutcase Off The Deep End"

    Overheard on CNN.com: There should be another bullet, not an investigation

    October 24, 2011 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  11. sjdsh

    I hope they didn't play with 'our boys' POWs in Iraq, Afghan like they did with Gadhafi. A Lot we don't know.Cell phone pics to brag.Only this time the Rats got NATO/US backup for 7mos to do their thing with 'humanitarian bombs' clearing the way.Truth.
    *One good thing about all this b s is that citizens of China,Russia and the World are finally Awakening to the barbaric reality of the 'humanitarian & freedom lovin' ways' of Amerika Inc. No use denying it anymore for those who were still in denial. Oh Yeah....They're getting the picture Loud and Clear this time !!!

    October 24, 2011 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  12. sjdsh

    "The barbarian armed gangs in Libya know nothing about democracy.From Obama breaking American and international laws to arm and support these violent gangs, the only thing they know about democracy is Obama's way of breaking the laws. It is predicted from now on lawlessness will rule Libya. We already see its sign as these brutal gangs sodomize the national leader of Libya with a knife. Obama has insulted civilized world and good-willed friends of America by calling and hailing such brutal crimes of these gangs as democracy."

    October 24, 2011 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  13. raven

    I think if one man had wiped out (or ordered it ) my family I would want that man dead too. I think I would even feel ok pullin the trigger myself. Never thought hed make it to trial. And Im ok with that.

    October 24, 2011 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
  14. banasy©

    *Anyone* threatens my family, and I mean *anyone*, is going to be extremely sorry.
    I'm not particularly bloodthirsty, but I am protective.

    As for your ridiculous statement, "Frank", we are agreeing with what the people wanted, and the people didn't want a Libyan tyrant to rule them anymore.
    I agree with raven; if some despot killed my entire family, I wouldn't wait for a trial, either.
    And I don't feel bad about that, either.

    October 24, 2011 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
  15. s kel

    I would and did use threats of violence to persons threating to do harm to my family, and friends. Lol im a little crazy. Protective give a damn about others crazy. Hey Bansay dinner was very good.

    October 24, 2011 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
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