There's no doubt in my mind that he was a monster and a murderer. The pain, death and suffering he inflicted on his own people, the blood on his hands, means that he was beyond redemption. But I don't think anyone deserves to die like that. I won't shed any tears for him, but I can't help but think of Martin Luther King's words:
"I mourn the death of thousands of precious lives, I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy"And for me, that sums it up. No one deserves to die unarmed, wounded, in cold blood after being dragged through the streets in front of a hateful crowd. No one, no matter what they have done, deserves that. Monsters should be taken prisoner, they should be treated with the same humanity that they refused to show others and they should face a fair trial which will give them the sentence they deserve. A process like that reveals all tyrants and monsters to be exactly what they are: pitiful, small, human beings who are pathetic without others to do their dirty work for them. The humiliation of such an ignominious end is the best punishment for someone like that; not the quick oblivion of death but to spend the rest of their lives in prison, knowing that their power is gone and that they have lost all that they ever had.
That is what Gaddaffi deserved, but not this. For all he did, he was a fellow member of the human race, and no decent human should murder another in such a fashion. I will not shed any tears for Gaddaffi but nor will I ever think that the way he died is anything to celebrate.