Moammar Gadhafi and his wife escaped death today when a NATO missile strike in Tripoli struck the home of Gadhafi’s youngest son, Seif al-Arab, who died in the strike along with his wife and children.
A U.N. Mandate to protect Libyan civilians has lead NATO to perform air strikes for the past month. The strike that killed Gadhafi’s son was the first strike targeted towards his family. British Defense Minister, Liam Fox, and U.S. Defense Secretary, Robert Gates, have stated that the NATO strikes are not targeted at Gadhafi himself but instead are targeting his command centers. NATO promises to cease all strikes once Gadhafi forces return back to their bases, once all his threats and acts of violence against Libyan people come to an end, and once humanitarian access is welcomed into the country.
Gadhafi called for a cease-fire and negotiations with rebels and NATO powers only a few hours before NATO’s attacks struck his family. NATO officials and rebels do not see his offers has being sincere since in the past Gadhafi had spoken of peace but continued to attack his people. Many rebel fighters welcome NATO's attacks and hope that they make Gadhafi feel the fear that his people are experiencing and hopefully inspire him to change his violent behavior.
Do you think it is appropriate to attack the family members of enemy leaders? Seif al-Arab had been studying in Germany for a while until recently, and is known to keep a very low-profile. One of Gadhafi’s other sons, Seif al-Islam Gadhafi, has even been called a reformist. I think it only appropriate to attack a leader’s family if the family members themselves are helping to rule the country. If someone only holds the fault of being related to notorious leader and has done nothing to hurt others, they do not deserve to be attacked in any way. What are your views? Do you think his son’s death will affect Gadhafi’s plans?