What should happen to Libya’s Gadhafi if captured?
August 22nd, 2011
02:01 PM ET

What should happen to Libya’s Gadhafi if captured?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Another day, another Middle East dictator on the verge of falling. Except no one can find him.

Libyan rebels have control of most of the capital city of Tripoli and they say they have three of Moammar Gadhafi's sons in custody.

But the main prize will be Col. Gadhafi, and it's unclear where exactly he is.

Some believe Gadhafi is hiding in Tripoli, while others think he's fled to a neighboring country like Chad or Algeria. The Pentagon says it believes Gadhafi is still in Libya.

If Gadhafi is captured alive – and that's a big if – the question will be what happens to the man who ruled Libya with an iron fist for more than four decades.

The International Criminal Court in The Hague has warrants for the arrests of Gadhafi and one of his sons, along with his brother-in-law, who also happens to be the head of military intelligence.

But it's yet to be seen if the Libyans will want to hand Gadhafi over to the International Criminal Court or administer their own brand of justice. My money is on the latter.

Look at Egypt: Former President Hosni Mubarak is standing trial for the crimes committed against his own citizens. It’s unusual for an Arab leader to be called to account by his own people.

There are surely millions of Libyans who would like to see Gadhafi brought to justice. Think Saddam Hussein. Since taking power in a 1969 coup, Gadhafi has destroyed any and all opposition, even sending hit squads to shoot down Libyans in exile. He called them "stray dogs."

Gadhafi has also been tied to some of the most notorious terrorist atrocities worldwide before the 9-11 attacks, including the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103.

Here’s my question to you: What should happen to Libya's Moammar Gadhafi if he's captured?

Tune in to the Situation Room at 5pm to see if Jack reads your answer on air.

And, we love to know where you’re writing from, so please include your city and state with your comment.

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soundoff (162 Responses)
  1. Michelle Dallas, TX

    Allow the people of Libya to decide Moammar Gadhafi's fate once he is captured.

    August 22, 2011 at 2:07 pm |
  2. pat, Idaho

    He should be tried as a war criminal like Sadam H. was and then if convicted–Hanged.

    August 22, 2011 at 2:08 pm |
  3. Pat (Missouri)

    He should be tried for the crimes he has committed against his own people by the Libyan people just as Iraq tried, convicted and punished their former dictator.

    August 22, 2011 at 2:14 pm |
  4. rex in portland, or.

    Ever hear about what happened to our dear friend Ceaucescu?

    August 22, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
  5. Ann from Charleston SC

    I would say he should be mutilated and executed as he did to those who opposed him, but since I purport to be a Christian, that plan won't work. How about total isolation for the rest of his life?

    August 22, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
  6. Rich McKinney, Texas

    That is up to the people of Libya to determine, not us Jack. The problem for Libya is going to be what happens after Gadhafi is gone not what to do with him. There will not be much of Libya left after NATO is done pounding it into the ground. The people will still have to have jobs and food and schools and an economy as well as infrastructure restored. Libya is a poor country Jack. Where is all this money for supplies and goods going to come from?

    August 22, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
  7. Nate NC

    Believe it or not, he still has to be treated like a human being. Otherwise, people like the Syrian President and the other Middle East Leaders will not willingly consider stepping down from power when needed. Imagine, Gadhafi captured, then a scandal arises (like the Guantanomo Bay soldiers taking those foul pictures) showing that he is mistreated. As a result, many other leaders will begin to unneccesarily heighten their own security and thus escalate tensions in the already hostile Middle East.

    August 22, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
  8. Ed from Md

    since Gahdafi is the rightful ruler of LIbya he should be sent back to lead the country if captured. Why are we siding with the terrorists?

    August 22, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
  9. ImALibertarian

    For almost voluntarily stepping down without killing more than a few thousand of his counrtymen, he deserves, just like our peaceful president, the Nobel Peace Prize.

    August 22, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
  10. jen

    He should have every bank account confiscated,then spend rest of life in prison..

    August 22, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
  11. J.D.

    I have no idea what should happen to him. I'm still trying to figure out why he wasn't picked up back in 2009 when he was in New York City for a meeting at the U.N. It would have been a whole lot easier and a whole lot cheaper and many, many lives could have been saved.

    August 22, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
  12. Sebastian Kent - Tempe AZ

    Place him in a locked room with the family members of Pan Am Flt 103.

    August 22, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
  13. Brad, Portland, OR

    He should be put on trial for war crimes.

    August 22, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
  14. Charles, Lansing, Michigan

    Shoot him. It was good enough for bin Laden.

    August 22, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
  15. David of Alexandria VA

    He should be strapped into a seat on an otherwise-unmanned 747, flown to an altitude of 40,000 feet over some desolate area where the plane would be remotely detonated. Then, for the remaining 11 minutes of his life, sprialing into the earth, he can contemplate everything henous that he has done to others. No black box needed.

    August 22, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
  16. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Jack: Make an appoint for him to join Osama Bin Laden, Haddem Huseng and the thirty virgins!

    August 22, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
  17. David, Canada

    Just as with Mubarek in Egypt, he should be tried by Libyan courts and dealt with in accordance with their justice system. It's okay to trust them to act appropriately – no need for UN, US, NATO or the Hague to get involved. It's okay, Jack. Relax!

    August 22, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
  18. Kent - Iowa City, Iowa

    Give him his own Broadway show. At least he's one of the more flamboyant dictators out there.

    August 22, 2011 at 2:46 pm |
  19. dave in nashville

    American Idol could sign him up as a judge, maybe like a revolving one to give us a break from the other three. He and Steven Tyler kind of favor each other in looks and dress, not a stretch by any means. Book 'em Dano.

    August 22, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
  20. Pete from Georgia

    With America financially broke, this country at 20% REAL unemployment, jobs a distant memory, and citizen confidence in our federal government at an all time low I think it's time we all say loud and clear.................."Who cares what happens with a lunatic despot half a world away"????
    Enough heroics and nation building !!! It's high time we get our own house in order.

    August 22, 2011 at 2:50 pm |
  21. carol simon

    Hey Jack, has anyone thought now that Gadhafi is hopefully no longer in power, that maybe they can bring the Panam bomber back to England so he can live out his sentence, since he has already lived to long from his so called cancer...

    August 22, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
  22. lou

    He has to answer to the people of Libya. Let them decide his fate.

    August 22, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
  23. Chicago Jim

    Drop him out of an airplane at 22,000 feet unto the Lockerbie Town Square.

    August 22, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
  24. Jk from Minnesota

    His people should apply Libya's juctice – whatever that is. This is for the Libyans to decide – even though he's more than likely responsible in part in acts of terrorism. If they decide a world court should decide his fate, then so be it.

    August 22, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
  25. Speed

    What defines the difference between Libyian rebels and G-20 rioters? Anarchy is Anarchy. Who's going to lead that country into the next phase? It's better the devil you know than the devil you don't know.

    August 22, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
  26. Gordon NJ

    We should let the Libyan people decide that. However, if he goes into hiding, Obama should authorize the SEALs to 'read him his rights' just like they did to Bin Laden.

    August 22, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
  27. Me

    How about American's should just mind their business and leave Libya's only.........................wasn't it GOPers in Congress who said helping Libya become free wasn't Americas business? Please.

    August 22, 2011 at 3:07 pm |
  28. Michael Bindner, Alexandria, VA

    Not our call. In a perfect world, he'd be sent to rehab. More likely, he'll be hanged by whoever takes over.

    August 22, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
  29. Ed from California

    How about letting the citizens of Lybia decide that. Not us.

    August 22, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
  30. Tom Bulger, Canandaigua

    He should be tried for crimes against humanity. It might make Al-Assad think.

    August 22, 2011 at 3:09 pm |

    tampa, fl why not put him on trial here in America, unlike Osama, whom our govt didn't want on trial as then all of those nasty, dirty secrets we have would have been exposed. with wacky kadafy it would make for some very interesting tv as he would sell out his own mother for a deal.

    August 22, 2011 at 3:10 pm |
  32. Gary H. Boyd

    He should be given the Nobel Peace Prize for wrecking Libya. After all, Barack Obama got it for wrecking America.

    Gary in Scottsdale, Arizona

    August 22, 2011 at 3:11 pm |
  33. Paulette in Dallas,PA

    Hopefully he'll cause problems and give the Rebels justification to kill him right on the spot. Otherwise he'll be tried for charges of crimes against humanity at the International Criminal court in the N

    August 22, 2011 at 3:12 pm |
  34. James

    (Denver). He should have as fair a trial as possible. We cannot consistently accuse a man of human rights violations and then treat him as if we didn't believe in his own rights. Relatedly, this is also why bin Laden should not have been murdered. From the description of his demise, it seems clear he could have been captured and given a trial. From bin Laden to Casey Anthony to your question about Gadhafi this tension between our feelings about someone's guilt and following the principles of human rights keeps coming up. The rule "Innocent until PROVEN guilty" MUST remain, or we become exactly the monster we're so quick to judge: we become violaters of human rights in our very defense of this rights. Ghadafi should have a fair trial because he is human, and we grant him that essential dignity even when he has acted against dignity itself.

    August 22, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
  35. Dan in Aluququerque

    Trial by the world court to avoid the eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth philosophy that seems to prevail among many countries in the Muslim world. Free countries are not completely free of that either, because it's the expendient and personally satisfying way. Do it through impartial courts, don't perpetrate unending reciprocal revenge.

    August 22, 2011 at 3:14 pm |
  36. Robert Read

    Gadhafi should to turned over to the International Criminal Court along with his three sons. Failure to do so will show the world what the Libyan Transitional Council is all about. By the way, , Who is going to govern Libya?

    August 22, 2011 at 3:17 pm |
  37. barbara in nc

    Same thing that should have happened to Shrub and Shooter - tried for crimes against humanity. PERIOD.

    August 22, 2011 at 3:23 pm |
  38. Nurse Lisa in Shelton CT

    The US should stay out of it completely. If he is guilty of any crimes, justice will be served on earth and in the hereafter..

    August 22, 2011 at 3:25 pm |
  39. Bizz, Quarryville Pennsylvania

    I would love to see a democratic gov't formed and a civilized trial held, at the end of that trial they would take Qaddafi to the gallows and hang him. The oil would start flowing again and the price of oil would come down to Bachman's predictions of $2.00 a gallon for gas. Tripoli will become a large tourist attraction for people to go on their vacation. When I dream I dreamed big. What very well might happen is Qaddafi ends up like Mussolini where the people ripped his body to shreds in the street and some militant or terrorist group takes control Libya. Perry becomes president and invades Libya at the cost of trillions of dollars and American lives.

    August 22, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
  40. Dan K

    The people of Libya should decide, not us here in America or CNN! So far they have kept his captured sons from harm and have promised him safety if he turns himself in! If they do so it will show creditability to their cause! To kill him would show in my estimation, a lack of creditability on their part!
    Let’s stay out of this and see what they do!!!
    Dan K Owens Cross roads Alabama

    August 22, 2011 at 3:34 pm |
  41. Paul From Austin Texas

    Libya's people must deside his fate. He should end up like Sadam did although the people must give him some sort of trail.

    August 22, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
  42. Weldon from Fredericton NB Canada

    The exact same thing as was done to Saddam

    August 22, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
  43. Rick McDaniel

    That shall be up to the people of Libya. Considering the violent nature of that part of the world, I would expect their actions to be violent.

    August 22, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
  44. Dave - Phx, Az

    Maybe the tea party should take custody of him and put him up for president. He wouldn't be any more rediculous than the other republican candidates.

    August 22, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
  45. Wilhelm von Nord Bach

    the same thing that happend to Benito Mussolini in Milan in 1945, Jack.

    August 22, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
  46. Tom in Desoto, TX

    Take him up to the altitude Pan Am 103 was when it exploded and have him ejected with as many parachutes as possible automatically deploying to slow his decent. If he doesn't freeze to death then let him go, by then any brain function should be minimal..

    August 22, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
  47. Joe


    Gadhafi should be immediately hung upside down, as women and children are allowed to stone him. NO trial, no right for leniency, an eye for an eye, but in this case Gadhafi will not have any eyes remaining. Whatever is done, do not waste extra time and money. The seals who shot Bin Ladin had the right idea, no games, no shows, no need for additional people to suffer, get the job done.
    Joe, Binghamton, NY
    Joe, Binghamton, NY

    August 22, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
  48. ken, atlantic city, nj

    Gadhafi should get to keep the billlions he stole like the u.s. bankers and wall street firms got to keep the trillions they stole, and be allowed to retire in libya. The libyian anarchists were supported by France, Great Britian, and the U.S. for their oil. Bush and obama have ordered the bombings, drone attacks, killings and assainations of thousands of people in iraq, afghanistan, and pakistan and they will both be allowed to retire without prosecution by any court.

    August 22, 2011 at 3:45 pm |
  49. Paul, Parry Sound, Ontario

    Would it be going too far to suggest locking him in a room with Sarah Palin and throwing away the key?

    August 22, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
  50. LA Belle

    Hopefully he will be captured live. Put him in a straight-jacket; tape his mouth shut, put him in a 2 x2 cell, and never let him out, but keep telling him he is still in charge.
    Lafayette, LA

    August 22, 2011 at 3:52 pm |
  51. John, Lake Charles, LA

    Gadhafi is not our problem. His people can do whatever they want with him.

    August 22, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
  52. RickFromDetroit

    If Libya's Moammar Gadhafi is captured he should be sent to GITMO for Water Boarding and and various other types of torture supported by the U.S. Government, who claims to be the Worlds Leader in the enforcement and prevention of Human Rights Violations.

    August 22, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
  53. Ed in Harrisburg

    He should be asked how he likes to spell his last name for his obituary and then shot to put him out of our misery.

    August 22, 2011 at 4:05 pm |
  54. april

    i guess hang him he dont need to prove he is not guilty the whole world already know he guilty

    August 22, 2011 at 4:07 pm |
  55. Overby from Melbourne

    Put him on a remote-controlled plane, fly it up to 38,000 feet, and cut the engine. Let him think about the usefulness of his life on the way down so he can see what it was like for the Lockerbie victims.

    August 22, 2011 at 4:13 pm |
  56. Jake from Canada

    If you put Moammar Gadhafi on trial he's going to say that noting happened and his country loves him.

    August 22, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
  57. John in Alabama

    Jack: What ever the Libyan Rebels want to do with Moammar Gadhafi is fine. Mr. Gadhafi will probably be put on a quick trial and shot or hung the next day. I believe 40 years of terror and death will come to an end. Mr. Gadhafi was an evil dictator, who deserves no mercy, because Moammar showed done it the last 40 years. If he escapes from Libya then someone should help the Libyans by killing him. Key word: sniper

    August 22, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
  58. Martin Malyo

    Gadhafi if captured should be allowed to live in exile somewhere in Africa and there will be a lot of African countries willing to host him – Over the past 42 years, despite the tyranny, Gadhafi has contributed much towards liberation struggles in Africa and just like George Bush, Tony Blair and Dick Chenney who have committed massive atrocities against man kind, Gadhafi too should be left alone and allowed to live out the rest of his days in peace and freedom

    August 22, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  59. Kevin in CA

    Ready, fire, aim.

    August 22, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  60. Karl in Flint

    How about we forget the world court and just make him run as Bachmann's VP. A team the Tea Party could get behind.

    August 22, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
  61. Bill in New Mexico

    No trial!

    Gadhafi's guilt has been plastered on TV for the last 4 decades.

    No trial!

    On TV we have followed Gadhafi's guilt in exploding the Pan Am Flight over Lockerbee, Scotland.

    No trial!

    We have followed Gadhafi's guilt in torturing and murdering his own people.

    No trial!

    We have followed the money trail in Gadhafi's sponsoring terrorism.

    No trial!

    Send Gadhafi straight to life in solitary confinement, bread, and water.

    No trial!

    August 22, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  62. William from IL

    The man needs to pay for the actions he did, both humanitarian and to the world

    August 22, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  63. Kevin in CA

    He should be returned to Lockerbie ... from 30,000 feet.

    August 22, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  64. Sean

    He should be sent to wherever Saddam Hussein is nowadays.

    August 22, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  65. Jerry; Johns Creek, GA

    He should be tried, sent to prison in Scotland but only in one of their finer prisons known for customer service then after a brief period of time, perhaps ten years, then sent to the desolate town of Serti, Libya where he can live out the rest of his despicable life.

    August 22, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  66. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    Build him a big house in Crawford, Texas on Bush's ranch and then they can get together once in a while since they both committed war crimes against humanity.

    August 22, 2011 at 4:38 pm |
  67. Al, Lawrence KS

    He should not be captured...at least not alive. Collect DNA and then a quiet burial at sea in the Indian Ocean...at least that's what I've heard is the modus operandi these days.

    August 22, 2011 at 4:39 pm |
  68. Mitoosense Fort Lauderdale, Florida

    I don't know what they'll do with Gadaffy. I'm guessing they won't throw shoes at him. al- Megrahi will be killed for sure.

    August 22, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
  69. Valerie in Raleigh

    Gadhafi should not be killed by the rebel forces but, instead, should stand trial in the Hague for crimes aginst humanity. Other dictators in the region need to see justice done on the world stage and what awaits them if they attack their neighbors and murder their own people to stay in office. One picture of justice served is worth a thousand words.

    August 22, 2011 at 4:41 pm |
  70. Bryan, Co. Spgs., Co

    Let the libyan people prosecute him like in Iraq.

    August 22, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
  71. MICK

    What should happen to Libya's Moammar Gadhafi if he's captured?

    A quick trial followed by a quicker hanging would be about right.


    August 22, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
  72. Dee in New Paris Ohio

    I don't know. Maybe one of the favorite execution methods of that region (stoning to death or beheading) sounds good.

    Whatever happens, it needs to be left to the Libyan people!

    He has been their dictator, they are the ones who should mete out justice. I just hope they do it publicly, to maybe give other despots a lesson!

    August 22, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
  73. Gabriel

    Ultimately, it is up to the Libyan people, but I believe he should be delivered to the International Criminal Court. It would begin the healing and rebuilding process. The victims deserve comprehensive justice. Besides serving Libya, delivering Gadhafi to the ICC would also serve the movement to end impunity for crimes against humanity, war crimes, and genocide throughout the world.

    August 22, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
  74. calaurore9

    What did Trump do with that tent? He could put him up on his golf course in Westchester.

    Carol in Northampton, Ma

    August 22, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
  75. Rudy Padgett

    He should be given a fair trial, then executed.

    Rudy P.
    Roanoke, VA

    August 22, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
  76. John Blythe

    I think its a joke. Yes, Gadhafi repressed his own people, but did it really take the UN some 40 years to figure out that Gadhafi was a dictator and they had to bring in NATO? Sure the Libyan people deserve a chance, but will democracy ever come? Democracy has never worked in the Middle East and I hope the Muslim Brotherhood doesn't get control, like they have been in Egypt. If anything, Gadhafi, like Slobodan Milosevic and Charles Taylor before him, will more than likely stand in front of the International Criminal Court. I also believe NATO should be prosecuted as well. We can start with the bombing of Yugoslavia and put Libya on top of it. As Ron Paul says, we should mind our own business.

    John Blythe
    Los Angeles, CA

    August 22, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
  77. Brady in NY

    He's probably in Pakistan. Once he's captured, he can go swimming with bin Laden.

    August 22, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
  78. Jim, Denver CO


    His is a Libyan citizen, thus he is bound by their laws. Let him be tried by his own people/country and let them decide his fate. It is none of the U.S.'s business. We may not agree with or like it, but let his own country decide what to do with him.

    August 22, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
  79. curtis in philadelphia

    What should we do with a known terrorist? Easy: terrorize him. I say we send him to Lockerbie, Scotland and force him to eat Haggis, as he listens to Sarah Palin read from one of her books, while watching Fox News' morning show. Shooting him would be too quick and nice.

    August 22, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
  80. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Libya is part of Africa and is also a member of the African Union, let them be the deciders of Gadhafi's fate if they are what they claim to be.

    August 22, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  81. Susan from Idaho

    He should be captured dead just like Bin Laden.

    August 22, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  82. Dave, Orlando, FL

    Unfortunately, he can’t be adequately punished for all the evil he has done. The only thing I can think of is to turn him loose – into a crowd of Libians.

    August 22, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  83. AB

    If Moammur Gadhafi is captured, he should face justice in Libya at the hands of the Libyian people and let the chips fall where they may. I have no problem with this process as long as it is fair. Any assets that Gadhafi may have should be confiscated by the United States or the United Nations and given to the new government that will be formed after the revolution.

    August 22, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  84. Lori - PA


    First, Moammar Gadhafi has to be caught. Being the coward he is, I'm guessing Gadhafi will commit suicide before he is captured. If Gadhafi hasn’t fled from Libya.

    August 22, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  85. Alex

    String him up.

    August 22, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  86. Ernie

    Strap him to one of his SCUD missiles and launch it, towards SYRIA. What a fitting message.

    August 22, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  87. Dave from Austin

    No brainer, he should face Libyan justice...just like the one he handed out during his reign.

    August 22, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  88. Dave - West Palm Beach, Fl.

    He should be required to listen to Michelle Bachman speaches for 120 hours – then hell kill himself. Reduce gasoline prices to $2 if elected? Believe that and you believe Arizona will get 100 inches of snow next winter.

    August 22, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  89. josephs uche

    Simple! Hand him over to jack bauer

    August 22, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  90. PiedType

    If he's captured alive, he should be turned over to the Libyan people. No one has a greater right to determine his fate.


    August 22, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  91. Kaley from Gainesville, FL

    Gadhafi needs to be brought before the Hague. Although plenty of Libyans would love to see him executed, bringing him to the International Court would be a massive step in establishing legitimacy for the newly freed nation. Legitimacy is what Libya needs to be focusing on. Not revenge.

    August 22, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  92. huey lewis

    He should not be killed but held responsible for the crimes he has comitted against humanity.

    August 22, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  93. Cristian

    If they find Ghadhafi they should deal with him like the romanians dealt with Ceausescu in 1989.


    August 22, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  94. Roland

    "The Gadhafferty File" has a nice ring to it.....

    August 22, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  95. Mike in Pa

    He should have a Beer Summit with Obama, because he acted Stupidly, indeed...

    August 22, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  96. Dan Nechodom

    He has committed crimes against his own people and against the world community. It would be best if both groups were able to prosecute their case against him. I would give the Libyans first shot (no pun intended) at him.

    August 22, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  97. Eddie Bollenbach

    The only ethical answer, Jack, is to the ICC. If the rebels do this it will bode well for the future of a Libya ruled by law. Right now they do not have the legal institutions to try him. To murder him would only put them on the wrong path to a society ruled by law. All Americans should be hoping for this.

    August 22, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  98. Gene, Hazel Hurst PA

    He should be extradited to the U.S, tried and convicted for the Pan Am bombing and executed. The same for the Libyan bomber that Britain released from prison.

    August 22, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  99. Pancho

    A lot of money would be saved if would reach for a weapon when he's found.

    August 22, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  100. Bryant

    There is no way Gadhafi could ever be punished enough to equal the destruction and pain that he and his regime caused, and even if it was possible, would we really want to go down to his level? No. NATO and U.S. represent the rule of law, modern civilization, and democratic rights. He should stand trial in the ICC and spend the rest of his life in prison. Killing Gadhafi wouldn't change what he has done, but putting him on trial will show the world all of his crimes and that the newly created International Criminal Court can be an effective means of obtaining justice for leaders who commit crimes against humanity and war crimes.

    August 22, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  101. John from Maryland

    Jack, do you want the whole list or just the top ten?

    August 22, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  102. Tim, Pittsburgh, PA

    Gadhafi has killed way more Libyans than Americans or any other nationality. He's their problem. Let them deal with him.

    August 22, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  103. Hugh L

    As long as he is alive, other people will die, probably by the thousands. He wants to be a martyr, so be it!!!

    August 22, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  104. Clay

    Jack, one bullit between the eyes.

    August 22, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  105. rick

    He's already in Pakistan where they keep the rest of the terrorists.

    August 22, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  106. Ellie NJ

    He should be turned over to the Hague. A nice holding cell could be a room with the families of Pan am flight 103

    August 22, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  107. chichi

    jack if u were the president of the United States, wht would u suggest?

    August 22, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  108. Lou-Wooster, OH

    As much as many people would like to see him treated the way he treated his own subjects, he should be turned over to the ICC and made to live out his life completely isolated from all but his jailers..Let him have the prison rats as subjects

    August 22, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  109. Steve Street

    I don't think you will have to worry about what will happen to him. The rebels will probably skin him alive in the middle of what WAS Green Square.

    August 22, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  110. Brady Borg

    It's important for the future of Libya that Gadhafi be captured and processed through a criminal court system headed by the new free government of Libya. Closure can't be accomplished by a court system thousands of miles away headed by non Libyan citizens. Gadhafi deserves to be tried and convicted in a court compiled of Libyans that were affected by his forty years of brutal rule.

    August 22, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  111. cico

    who cares???
    let his people deal with him. Who have to care about how to make money and not loosing time with hitler motivated individuals across the globe, because time is money.

    August 22, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  112. Nelson Bailey DMD

    Give Ghadaffi tent space in central Park and send out entire congress to Libya as a fair swap. Congress knows how to tear down a democracy. Let them learn to build one in North Aftica/ Nelson

    August 22, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  113. Kathie

    novel thought–what business is it of ours?? Bush/cheney/rummy have never been held accountable for their actions.

    August 22, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  114. Richard

    How about the 'Death of a Thousand Cuts'? ....or....'Have you ever been chained to a Cactus'?

    Seriously though Jack, how can one not execute a person this Evil? This man has callously caused the death of thousands, including chilren....not to mention rape, torture, and other despicable acts of insanity! What other course of action is there but to erase this person from the planet Earth? To leave him around, you invite future rants and ravings from a lunatic – much like Charles Manson.


    August 22, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  115. Peter Waterman

    Bring him to the US in the bombay of an Air Force bomber over the Atlantic OOOOPS ! Peter in VT

    August 22, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  116. Randy from Chicago

    Regardless of how many non-Libyians he has destroyed their lives, he has done far worse to his own people. They deserve the right to try him in their courts, and we can reap the results with satisfaction!!!!

    August 22, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  117. Nancy, Tennessee

    Gadhafi if found alive will receive a trial and punishment for his crimes. This is one time the United States needs to back off and let the International community try him in their court and dole out the punishment. The United States can't be judge, jury and executioner for all thugs that commit acts of terror. We can sit quietly and watch justice being served to one of our enemies.

    August 22, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  118. Scott Stodden

    I Think We Should Capture, Try Him In A Court And Then Give Him The Death Penalty! He Should Die For All The People He Killed Just Like We Killed Saddam Hussein & Osama Bin Laden!

    Scott Stodden (Freeport, Illinois)

    August 22, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  119. JD - Bellingham, Wash

    "Should" is for fairy tales with moral lessons and happy outcomes. Ghadafi should be captured alive and should be tried and executed for crimes against humanity. What will happen is that he will be shot and killed by an emotionally-charged young soldiier, or he will shoot and kill himself to evade the humiliation of capture and trial. Remembering the fate of Saddam Hussein will be the second to last thing that goes through his mind. The last will be a bullet.

    August 22, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  120. Jeff In Minnesota

    Can you say show trial? He'll be guilty until proven guilty.

    August 22, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  121. Ralph Nelson

    Exile to Texas to read his little green book in public for minimun wage.

    August 22, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  122. Nelson Bailey DMD

    Swap Khadaffi for out congress. Col K to central park tent and our entire congress to Tripoli to build democracy (they know how to tear one down)

    Nelson from PA

    August 22, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  123. Joe From Keyport

    What should be done with this madman? Easy, make him watch Sarah Palin's documentary 42 times in a row – one for each year in power – and then see if you can get a complete sentence out of him. Wait, maybe that's why he can't speak now........

    August 22, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  124. Kathy

    If he is caught alive I would hope he is hung, drawn & quartered. Let it be on State TV.

    August 22, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  125. Sam

    Jack, if it were up to me, I would have Gadhafi bound arms and legs and then thrown into a pool of hungry sharks. Not only does he deserve that type of end, but it would entail very little cost, and hopefully the sharks would enjoy their unusual meal. Sounds gruesome, but no worse then the atrocities he committed over the last forty years.

    August 22, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  126. Marie-Claude

    Hi Jack, I'm hoping he is killed when captured or commits suicide because he is too much of a coward to face justice. Either way, as soon as I learn he's no longer roaming the earth I'm buying a bottle of champagne and toasting the liberation of people in Libya.

    August 22, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  127. Ken Toole Cocoa, Fl.

    What is of prime importance to American & Libyan People is the resumption of oil tanker loadings at all the terminals in the country. We in the West need the resumption to the normal level of 1.8 million barrels of daily exports & the Libyan People need the Dollars to rebuild & care for the needy. The fate of a dictator pales in comparison to the needs of the rest of us.

    August 22, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
  128. Ogbuagu Gerald

    If Gadhafi is captured, let him decide his fate

    August 22, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
  129. Dennis Scoles

    Let the Libyans give him a "Fair Trial" and then hang him just like the Iraqi's did with Sadamm.

    August 22, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
  130. BobZemko

    Get him a tailor for the first time in his life.

    August 22, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
  131. Gigi Oregon

    Let the Libyans who were brave enough to go against their dictator against all odds to free their country from this powerful family and obtain "Freedom and Democracy" have their day in his (their) sentence (s). I believe this will speak to all corrupt countries to get their governments in order or they will be following the same foot steps of these corrupt governments and regimes.

    August 22, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
  132. Ralph Spyer

    He shot down a commerical airliner, our navy shot down a Iranian commerical airliner.He payed, we payed. If Libya did not have oil ;France ,Italy. and England would have not have started this war. The logical extension of business is muder

    August 22, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  133. Raymon Horsley

    Gadhafi should suicide bomb himself and become the martyr he has always wanted to be.

    August 22, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  134. Gary, Arlington Heights, IL

    US House of Representatives as a Tea Party Candidate from Wisconsin.

    August 22, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  135. Steve Batts

    He should be forced to live in Crawford TX cutting brush 24/7 with Dubya Bush the moron that took him off the terrorist list to please BP Oil.

    August 22, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  136. Ken in NC

    He had his own people shot like dogs but I am more compasionate. I say they should treat him like a horse that comes up lame. Take him to the "GLUE Factory".

    August 22, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
  137. Dan

    I don't know to be honest with you Jack. Libya is unlike any other country to be liberated. Many will say it is up to the Libyan people to determine his fate, but with no central government who is to ensure that he will have a "Just' trial, if there will be a trial to begin with. Even for his crimes against humanity, we cannot argue human rights violations and then not give him to same rights we're so determined to protect.

    August 22, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
  138. Cee.La

    I really dont care what they do with him.... but I do not want us sticking our nose into whatever it is....

    August 22, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
  139. Frank, Sarnia Canada

    Without a doubt no ICC, AN ABSOLUTE NO BRAINER, the Libyans will put him on trial ( Arab Style ) when found guilty put him in one of those filthy Tripoli prisons he use to lock people up in!!!!!

    August 22, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
  140. SAMI

    it is time for justice, this criminal killed tens of thousands of innocent people, men, women, elderly even kids. and i would like to say to everyone who is asking to forgive this animal, to imagine for a second if one of their family was one of those innocent people who was killed , what would they say...
    same thing happens in Syria, massacres happen everyday in front of the world, and no real actions have been taking to stop syrian criminal regime after 5 months of crimes. WHERE IS THE HUMANITY INSIDE US.

    August 22, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
  141. RM

    Send him to India. He was their buddy. They can worship him also now alongwith other deities they have. HARE OM!

    August 22, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
  142. roger from phoenix

    Jack , Gadhafi if captured Humm first check his pockets for 100 dolar bills , rip his rolex off his wrist and take all the gold chains from around his neck. Aren't you curious how many millions they will find him with. I'm sure we will be sending millions more to the rebels now .

    August 22, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
  143. bagbo

    you mean what to do with Libia's oil? don't be kidding me about freedom and democracy, or about Gadhafi. Jack you know better than that........

    August 22, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
  144. Ogbuagu Gerald

    If even he is caught alive, the end must b death

    August 22, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
  145. Ken in NC

    It might not be a bad idea to introduce him to Osama bin Laden

    August 22, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
  146. Roland in Cape Breton

    "The Gadhafferti File" has a nice ring to it.....

    August 22, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
  147. Burbank from CA

    Let his own people handle it. We have interfered enough as it is. He has killed so many of them, if they want to tear him limb from limb in retaliation, so be it.

    August 22, 2011 at 5:45 pm |
  148. tim, maryland

    i think Gadhafi should not be captured and his sons freed and the charges dropped the country only knows Gadhafi and nothing else. the rebels should stand down unless they want a repeat of Baghdad and have years of insurgency and chaos. Libya will now suffer the consquences of being a crisis state just like iraq and will continue to be corrupt. the people may be united now but after Gadhafi is gone and the new regime and government is not seen their way just like the citizens of Egypt Libya will crumble and have no power only a puppet state led by figureheads and fools. Nato's job is to prevent blood not enforce blood and killed innocents and bomb the infrastructures. this is truly sad if history has taught us one thing it that people unite to bring down one leader for their own selfish purposes and immoral purpose and will do anything to get rid of one man and make deals with the deals with the devil and after all is done and the man gone will ununite and fall apart.

    August 22, 2011 at 5:45 pm |
  149. See Gee

    I hope the Libyans decide to send him to the ICC. This gets him out of the country, removes further entanglements, and allows them to move on with the job of healing and governing. Out of sight, out of mind!

    August 22, 2011 at 5:45 pm |
  150. glenn

    So you want to live in a tent give him a tent out in the middle of the desert and about 5 gallons of water and none after the 5 gallons are gone.

    August 22, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
  151. bill

    Jack, you should take him home for a while to meet the family. You two look like you'd get along well together.


    August 22, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
  152. swschrad from Twin Cities, MN

    the International Court of Justice can have second chance on Ghad-awful-Daffy. the US should get him first and try him for sponsoring the Lockerbie plane bombing. and his little henchman, too,who got a sneaky lawyer to pull a deal with Britain to release the "dying" man because Ghad-awful-Daffy played the oil card.

    August 22, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
  153. Michael in Albuquerque, NM

    Who cares? Sen. McCain is already pushing us into Syria! Qadaffi is old news. We have a new war now.

    August 22, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
  154. Bill

    Remember what the Italians did to Mussolini? There you go.

    August 22, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
  155. jocq

    What should happen to Libya’s Gadhafi if captured? You give him and his associates new sunglasses for the bright lights of the World's Court room tv cameras so we all get to hear juicier innuendo than what Wikileaks provide!

    August 22, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
  156. Jim


    Gadhafi is clearly guilty of crimes against humanity and must pay the price. Whether at the hands of the Libyans, the U.S., or the International Criminal Court, he must tried for his crimes and, if convicted, he must die. The example provided by the Iraqis in dealing justice to Saddam Hussein should be followed. The message must be clear and consistent. Though it may take decades, tyrants will fall and they will pay for their tyranny.

    Reno, Nevada

    August 22, 2011 at 5:53 pm |
  157. David

    If captured by NATO tried at the Hague, if captured by the rebels tried in Libya – not rocket science. More likely is that the capture of his sons will have him negotiate to leave the country and seek asylum somewhere else in Africa.

    August 22, 2011 at 5:53 pm |
  158. Mahmoud El-Darwish

    I think he should be exiled to Austin Texas, and be forced to live right next to G.W. Bush and Family 🙂

    August 22, 2011 at 5:54 pm |
  159. D.K. Harris

    1. His extensive "rock star" sunglasses collection should be auctioned off to pay to the families of victims he has murdered.
    2. His golden braided uniforms, turbans, and other "regalia" should be sent to a special wing of the soon to be Michael Jackson museum at Neverland as the "MJ influences world political fashion" exhibit.

    August 22, 2011 at 5:54 pm |
  160. JD

    Whatever Obama wants. Like the war in Libya, he doesn't need government bipartisan approval. That's too, I don't know, Bush league.

    August 22, 2011 at 5:57 pm |
  161. joeNYC

    Get him in a plane, 20000 feet over Locerbie – and push him out of the plane.

    Apologies to the fine citizens of Locerbie. Hopefully he lands harmlessly in a field.

    August 22, 2011 at 5:58 pm |
  162. joeNYC

    Or, torture the rest of world. Put him on a double bill with Charlie Sheen.

    August 22, 2011 at 5:59 pm |