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Read it at the New Yorker
- By now, you’ve probably seen the gruesome images of a bruised and bloodied Muammar Gaddafi – whether you wanted to or not. But if you feel a bit uneasy about circulating photos of the dictator’s corpse, the New Yorker’s Jon Lee Anderson has offered a compelling case for why you shouldn’t. When Che Guevera was murdered in 1967, Cuba outlawed the publication of the photos because socialists believed “as long as Che was not seen to be dead, he could somehow remain eternally alive in the minds and hearts” of his supporters. The same would go for Gaddafi. Without the unflinching honesty of the camera, Gaddafi “could be everywhere and nowhere at once, a potential phoenix yet to arise from Libya’s ashes.” Not so in the era of YouTube. So go ahead, quench your bloodlust and click here.