But instead a gallows was dramatically produced as the condemned man knelt in the middle of the basketball court, weeping and asking for his mother, hands bound behind his back.
The crowd, many of them children, cried and yelled out \”No, no\” or called on God to help them as they realised what was about to happen. Two young men bravely ran up to the revolutionary judges and begged them for mercy.
The worst moment came right at the end, as the hanged man kicked and writhed on the gallows. A determined-looking young woman stepped forward, grabbed him by the legs, and pulled hard on his body until the struggling stopped.
This is used as evidence of what an entire cow the woman, Huda Ben Amer, is. And indeed she may well be a vicious thug who has risen in Gaddafi\’s system.
But back when we had public hangings, back when it was short drop and strangulation rather than long drop and an immediate broken neck (and this isn\’t all that long ago, either, there are certainly reports that the American executioners after Nuremburg used the short drop), to hang onto the legs of those choking to death was regarded as an act of charity. To shorten their suffering: so much so that friends of the condemned might bribe the execitioner to allow them to do this.
No, not defending her at all: just noting how when we do something (or our forefathers did) we seem to view it differently from when Johnny Foreigner does it.
Is to put someone out of their misery really \”the worst moment\”?