By Stephen Lendman
NATO, Washington, Western media, Qatar-controlled Al Jazeera, Saudi-controlled Al Arabia, UK-controlled BBC, and other mainstream sources reported his death. More on that below.
On October 20, Mathaba.net disputed official accounts, saying:
“Green Committees have confirmed that the leader is alive, and that the enemy is seeking to take advantage of his being currently out of communications.”
On October 21, Mathaba headlined, “Mainstream Media: ‘Gaddafi Captured’ – ‘Gaddafi Dead;’ But Yet Again No Proof Provided,” saying:
After its fake Tripoli liberation report was exposed, it was cautious about Gaddafi’s reported death in one report, saying:
“NATO and the US state department said it cannot confirm any reports. Meanwhile in Benghazi, crowds gathered in the streets to start celebrating the reports of Gaddafi’s death.”
Nonetheless, other accounts headlined:
“Muammar Gaddafi killed as Sirte falls”
“Accounts emerge of Gaddafi’s final moments”
“Footage shows Gaddafi’s body”
“Libyans celebrate Gaddafi’s death”
Jamahiriya loyalists control most parts of major Libyan cities, including Tripoli, Benghazi, Misrata, Bani Walid, and Sirte, though territory shifts back and forth.
Celebratory video footage showed rebel mercenaries, not Libyan patriots loyal to Gaddafi. Well over 90% of Libyans support him.
Images of Gaddafi’s alleged body are indecisive, jumbled, and unclear. Could be anyone.
Saudi Arabia-controlled Al Arabia reports propaganda, not real news and information. It “seems to confirm Gaddafi’s dead, as if they themselves saw (him) captured” and killed.
Its reports even said he “was found hiding (in) a hole and begg(ed) rebels not to shoot him.”
Recall unconfirmed similar reports about Saddam. “This is totally false and is aimed at undermining Gaddafi’s revolutionary image! They want people to be disappointed by this coward(ly) attitude and to reject any feeling they had for him….”
Gaddafi’s no coward. He could have cut a deal months ago like other former government officials who sold out for big bribes. He refused, stood his ground, and if alive, still does, despite large parts of Libya ravaged, tens of thousands murdered, many more injured, and unknown numbers now homeless, destitute refugees.
Reports of Gaddafi’s death indeed may be fabricated. Recall earlier ones claiming his son Khamis was dead. Each time, he turned up alive. His sons Saif Al Islam and Moatassem were reported abducted and/or killed when, in fact, they were alive and free.