We have lived through many of his kind--and uncountable numbers have been slaughtered by their hands. History teaches us about them. Their names live in infamy. We should by now be able to spot them when they come along. And still we seem to be able to do nothing, when they do, but watch the terror from the sidelines.
I was writing the other day about the ruthlessness of certain politicians. I guess this is the quality that also gives these men their power. If you can awaken enough fear in the hearts of your fellow humans, if you are ready to torture, dispossess and kill without a single moment of compunction, it's possible to bend your countrymen to your will. If I order the execution of my lieutenant for a minor disagreement, the next one in line will not be so ready to disobey.
Is it not extraordinary that we human beings have not as yet developed either the skill or the will to deprive such people of their power? Clearly, once it has rooted itself deeply enough--as it has in the forty-years rule of this tyrant in Libya--it becomes impossible to root out. Outside intervention, no matter the source, is likely only to make matters worse.
So we stand by powerlessly, and wring our hands, and watch, as the same ugly drama is replayed yet one more time. Shame on us!