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Holly Pickett takes pictures in the Gaza strip in January of 2009. The Butte native has been a photojournalist in the Middle East for the past three years based in Cairo, Egypt. (Ben Curtis AP Photo)
A Butte woman may have been the first Westerner to see former Libya dictator Moammar Gadhafi's dead body. Photojournalist Holly Pickett raced to the ambulance carrying his bullet-riddled body Thursday. “I was a little afraid that this would turn into another undocumented rumor. That's why I chased the ambulance with Gaddafi's body,” Pickett wrote on her Twitter page. Shortly after noon Thursday, Pickett was in a residential area behind a field hospital when an ambulance carrying Gadhafi's body raced past her. “We chased,” she tweeted. “All I could think when I found out they had Gaddafi was, 'I am the only journalist who knows what happened. I have to get a photo'”/Kristen Inbody, Great Falls Tribune. More here.
Question: Would you have the courage to cover revolutions in far-flung countries?
Good morning, Netizens…
There is an abiding battle occurring around the world, even here in Spokane, between good and evil. In my years of writing for Community Comment, I have spoken of it with some degree of hesitation, lest I become overly enamored of hearing myself reiterate the same message over and over again. As much as I would like to believe that essential goodness is winning in the race for domination, it does seem, at times, as if evil is still holding all the trump cards, given the number of tyrants, dictators and various other persons who would do evil as part of their domination of their portions of the world.
While I do not always agree with cartoonist David Horsey's point of view, I do have to state with absolute conviction that he often states opinions which truly need to be heard, whether you nor I are accepting of them or in agreement thereto. This morning, he depicts Gadhafi in death, by stating all tyrants stand on shifting sand which, when you come to think of it, is both pretty concise and accurate.
The rest of living life as a tyrant is how long you manage to survive before someone bigger comes along and puts you out of commission. So the real question about life and living is are we willing to stand on that evil foundation of shifting sand or do we always search for the solid ground of goodness?
Libya's future seems all the more uncertain despite Gadhafi's death. Of course your interpretation of this may differ.
Former Spokesman-Review photographer Holly Pickett was on the scene today in Libya when rebels killed long-time dictator Moammar Gadhafi. She saw Gadhafi's body. And has been documenting what happened to the fallen leader via Twitter. Latest two tweets: “Not sure where
#Gaddafi's body went. It must have been to a very secure location. I think Misratans may have torn him to shreds.” And: “I meant Misratans would tear him to shreds if the body wasn't closely guarded.” You can follow her Twitter here (latest tweet on top).
Question: Can you imagine how courageous Holly is?
In this Sept. 1, 1987 file photo, Libyan leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi, holds a baton as he sits to review Libyan troops during the 18th anniversary celebration of Libya's revolution in Tripoli. Libya's information minister said Gadhafi was killed Thursday when revolutionary forces overwhelmed his hometown, Sirte, the last major bastion of resistance two months after the regime fell. Story here. (AP Photo/John Redman)
Question: Good riddance to bad rubbish?
Good morning, Netizens…
Pandemonium is the order of the day in Libya, which comes as no surprise, given their high level of political unrest. However this morning, depending upon your trusted news service, Muammar Gaddafi has either been captured and seriously wounded, perhaps in his legs, or from other sources, may already be dead. CNN at 5:35 AM local time just showed a picture ostensibly from AFP, of Gaddafi's dead body. His death was also independently verified by CNN, which brings us no closer to the truth.
All I can say is “good riddance”. Your results, of course, may differ.
Libyan rebels take a rest at a checkpoint on the frontline near Zwitina, south of Benghazi, eastern Libya, on Thursday.
WASHINGTON – The United States welcomed a partial handover for the Libyan air campaign to NATO on Thursday, but the allies apparently balked at assuming full control and the U.S. military was left in charge of the brunt of combat.
NATO agreed to take over command of the newly established no-fly zone over Libya, protective flights meant to deter Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi from putting warplanes in the air. That leaves the U.S. with responsibility for attacks on Gadhafi’s ground forces and other targets, which are the toughest and most controversial portion of the operation.
The U.S had hoped the alliance would reach a consensus Thursday for NATO to take full control of the military operation authorized by the United Nations, including the protection of Libyan civilians and supporting humanitarian aid efforts on the ground. It was not immediately clear when the allies could reach agreement on the matter. Robert Burns, AP
Does anyone think the U.S. involvement in Libya is a good thing?