“This is sin”, said a bloodied Muammar Gaddafi to his tormenters in a last moment of humiliation. “Do you know right from wrong?” After NATO airstrikes destroyed his convoy and forced him to flee on foot through Sirte, Libya’s deposed leader was seized from a drainage ditch. Footage off of a captor’s cell phone shows a howling rebel mob parading him along the dusty city blocks of his birthplace. Beaten, pistol-whipped and sodomized with a knife, Gaddafi was then summarily executed with a gunshot to the temple. His body was displayed as a trophy of war, and his secrets were effectively buried, never to be revealed at another farcical international tribunal in The Hague.
U.S. policymakers weren’t likely planning on the mass release of a Gaddafi snuff film. In their jubilation and braggadocio, the Libyan “freedom-fighters” ruined the enjoyment of a private viewing session available only to a chosen few within the Beltway. And so an eccentric dictator with a terrorist past and delusions of pan-African grandeur evoked unforced human sympathy as he suffered and died before a world audience. Colonel Gaddafi knew grave sin well; this was the man who ordered the passengers of Pan Am 103 blown out of the skies over Lockerbie, Scotland in 1988. He had since come to terms with the West, paying restitution to the victims’ families and scrapping his nuclear weapons program in favor of restored diplomatic and commercial ties eighteen years later. Yet when Benghazi and the rest of Cyrenaica rose up against the regime in early 2011, Washington, London and Paris smelled blood in the water.
Gaddafi’s murder and the violation of Libyan sovereignty cannot be understood as merely the settlement of an old vendetta from the Reagan years or as another selfless humanitarian endeavor that happened to incorporate satellite-guided munitions. The so-called Responsibility to Protect doctrine (R2P) enshrined in U.S. foreign policy provides convenient cover for the actions of globalist predators. Why, after all, were the tenets of R2P not applied to Bahrain’s suppression of its Shia majority within the same timeframe? The answer might have something to do with the basing rights of the U.S. Navy Fifth Fleet and control of the Persian Gulf oil supply. Libya’s energy wealth certainly played a role in its fate, since the Jamahiriya state kept around 150 tons of gold in its vaults and had avoided subordination to the Bank of International Settlements, as well as dependence on the dollar. U.S. Africa Command has now carried out an intervention through minimal expenditures, an undeniable success in the race with China for the Dark Continent’s natural resources.
The removal of Gaddafi is limited in its strategic significance, but it is highly symbolic in other ways. Whether or not documentation of the ordeal was intended for public consumption, his rather gruesome demise illustrates graphically to every nation the cost of resistance to the Postmodern Empire. Enemies of Rome were once dragged through the city by the triumphator and jeered by throngs of plebeians before facing death. In our own age, the enemies of democracy and human rights are made to star in productions not unlike the horror-porn so fashionable among anaesthetized American moviegoers. When Gaddafi’s last cameo proved unbearable to watch for the non-depraved, U.S. President and Nobel Peace laureate Barack Obama set the record straight on a popular late-night comedy show:
Well, this is somebody who, for 40 years, has terrorized his country and supported terrorism. And he had an opportunity during the Arab spring to finally let loose of his grip on power and to peacefully transition into democracy. We gave him ample opportunity, and he wouldn’t do it. And, obviously, you never like to see anybody come to the kind of end that he did, but I think it obviously sends a strong message around the world to dictators that…people long to be free, and they need to respect the human rights and the universal aspirations of people.
Revolutionary tyranny is enacted on a worldwide scale, and the threat to any power outside of Washington’s orbit is by now quite explicit- from the set of Jay Leno, no less. “The universal aspirations of people” have been divined by the high priests of our policy elite; it is they who will administer the blessings of liberty and equality to the grasping masses. Libyans, too, have a right to insurmountable debt, pornography, shopping malls and hip-hop, whether in Dar-al-Islam or the alluring chaos of the West.
This Garden of Earthly Delights is impossible to maintain, however, without daily rites of sacrifice. Every class of victim performs a special function. Americans sent to Afghanistan and blown apart by IEDs protect “our freedoms”, while on the home front unborn children are slaughtered to affirm individual autonomy and “empowerment”. Our cities are the havens of savages who in rapine and murder appease the cruel gods of the Open Society. And when an independent-minded despot like Gaddafi is executed, we rejoice in the downfall of another villain who temporarily frustrated humanity’s progress toward a more perfect union.
Four days after Gaddafi’s death, the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace released a white paper on international financial reform. The document has gained certain notoriety with its call for a world Authority and the birth of a new global society, a process shown to be already well underway. It speaks of solidarity and subsidiarity, brotherhood and charity, yet not once is there mention of the word sin. Who today would dare speak of such antiquated superstitions? Not the cardinals of the Holy See, but the brutal and bizarre Muammar Gaddafi, who in final agony would identify the nature of Leviathan’s works.
Transgression is virtue in the age of apostasy, and the new religion self-worship. Man ascends as a perverse and bestial god to re-order creation according to his will, a vision manifesting in a kingdom of death. This is the ancient hope and our Brave New World, the Novus Ordo Seclorum. This is sin.