For a few short days, the mainstream media in this country have been treating Libya’s Colonel Gadaffi as a pariah — an oppressive dictator who deserves to be toppled.
Now, the news coming out of Libya suggests that he may, after all, survive the uprising that threatened his regime.
If he does (God forbid), will things return to normal — that is to say, to treating Gadaffi as ‘eccentric’ rather than reprehensible, as a bit of a political ‘wild child’, rather than someone who supported terrorism, as someone to be ignored by the media, except when good for a whacky ‘news story’, rather than exposed, and as someone from whom it is acceptable for our institutions to receive grants, rather than someone to be ostracised at all costs?
The answers matter, because if Gadaffi wins there is surely going to be a day of vengeance against those who rose up against him. Let us hope the world is still watching when that happens and that all the indignation about him and his regime remains firmly in place.
It sometimes seems as if the media and the politicians only have certain favourite political targets for their righteous anger whilst others, literally, get away with murder. I have a horrible feeling that when the spotlight of media attention moves on, it will be ‘business as usual’ in Gadaffi’s home town.Please give a full name and location when posting. Comments without this information may be deleted.