Osama bin Laden and Muammar Gaddafi dead; Hosni Mubarak and family behind bars with millions of dollars of assets frozen; President Ben Ali of Tunisia
sentenced to 35 years in absentia; the Bosnian war criminal Ratko
Mladic awaiting trial in the Hague. We can take a moment to recognise
that sometimes things go astonishingly well – the removal of these five
characters from the picture is a blessing.
Whatever doubts we have
about Gaddafi's death and the absence of due process (if you can't even
decide where to bury a man, it is a good rule not to kill him), his
death is a bracing lesson for the likes of President Bashar al-Assad of Syria, who is torturing young demonstrators to death, and President Saleh of Yemen and King Hamad of Bahrain, both of whom are drenched in the blood of their countrymen.
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