Muammar Qaddafi Is Chillin’

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A Libyan National Transitional Council (NTC) fighter wave his new national flag in the coastal Libyan city of Sirte on October 20, 2011 after the final bastion of resistance by forces loyal strongman Moamer Kadhafi  fell to fighters of the new regime. Veteran Libyan strongman Kadhafi was killed on October 20 when new regime forces launched a final assault in his hometown Sirte, a National Transitional Council spokesman said. AFP PHOTO/PHILIPPE DESMAZES (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE DESMAZES/AFP/Getty Images)
A Libyan National Transitional Council (NTC) fighter wave his new national flag in the coastal Libyan city of Sirte on October 20, 2011 after the final bastion of resistance by forces loyal strongman Moamer Kadhafi fell to fighters of the new regime. Veteran Libyan strongman Kadhafi was killed on October 20 when new regime forces launched a final assault in his hometown Sirte, a National Transitional Council spokesman said. AFP PHOTO/PHILIPPE DESMAZES (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE DESMAZES/AFP/Getty Images) Photo: PHILIPPE DESMAZES/2011 AFP

It's stil unclear how, exactly, Muammar Qaddafi died. He was clearly captured alive, as these choppy (and bloody, and unsettling — you've been warned) cell-phone videos prove. It seems likely that sometime after this footage was shot, Qaddafi was executed by his rebel captors. One official in the Libyan government, speaking anonymously to Reuters, said, "They beat him very harshly and then they killed him. This is a war." The United Nations, the United States, and Amnesty International have called for an investigation, but we're not sure whether anyone is really going to make a fuss about the human rights of a despised tyrant. Meanwhile, Qaddafi's body has yet to be buried because of disputes over where and how to do it. In his hometown of Sirte? In a secret location? In the ocean, à la Osama bin Laden? Until they make a decision, Qaddafi's mangled, half-naked body will continue to reside on a mattress in a cold meat locker.

Gaddafi, in meat locker, still divides Libya [Reuters]