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Gaddafi: body politics

What will happen to the dictator's body? Will it be used to make a political statement, as the bodies of Bin Laden, Göring and Lenin were?

By Tiffany Jenkins   November 2011

Even before Gaddafi was officially declared dead, the internet was awash with gruesome pictures and videos of his corpse. While the media offered confused reports about the way he died, those films and photographs proved beyond doubt that he had, nevertheless, died. And until his body is buried, hundreds of Libyans will get the chance to see the dictator’s corpse, currently being stored at a meat market in Misrata.

When Osama bin Laden was shot dead by the American military in May, it was, as we know, a very different story. There were no pictures; nor did US officials permit…

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