The Lynching of Mouamar Gaddafi
The Symbolic Order of Western Barbarism
by Jean-Claude Paye, Voltaire network, 16-4-2013
The display of the lynching of Mouamar Gaddafi exposes our societies for what they are. These gruesome images show that the objective of the war on Libya was not only conquest, leading to the plundering of oil or of Libyan assets, but also, just as was the case in the Crusades, the destruction of a symbolic order, leaving room for the sheer enjoyment of an act of killing…
When watching the broadcast images of the lynching of Mouammar Gaddafi, our political leaders manifested a strange pleasure. “Strange Fruit”… These images remind us of the images of the hanging of Saddam Hussein organized on the day of the Eid al-Adha, the feast of the sacrifice..
Through images, the will to power becomes unlimited… It echoes the continuous violation of the order of Law that can be observed since the 9/11 attacks.