The death of Moammar Gadhafi dominated the Twittersphere Thursday, with discourse ranging from pensive to downright humorous.
“My gmah was born during Ottoman empire, raised during Italian occupation, saw the kingdom of #Libya, lived 42yrs of #Gaddafi & saw his death,” wrote Assia Bashir Amry, who tweets under the name Libyan4Life.
From a foreign policy standpoint, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said Gadhafi’s passing was just the beginning in Libya’s struggle for freedom.
“The death of Muammar Qaddafi marks an end to the first phase of the #Libyan revolution,” McCain wrote.
While millions celebrated, the hacktivist group Anonymous tweeted its disdain that Gadhafi wasn’t given due process.
“No one should be killed or punished without a trial… even the most brutal dictators,” the group wrote from its @YourAnonNews account.
But for every serious tweet, there were just as many humorous ones, riffing on the flamboyant dictator who stayed true to form until the very end.
“Seriously, how crazy is this? Gaddafi was found in a sewer waving around a golden gun,” @blakehounshell wrote.
Actor Albert Brooks got his share of jabs in, focusing on the 69-year-old tyrant’s full head of jet black hair.
“Gaddafi killed. Libyans rejoice. Just For Men stock plummets,” Brooks wrote.
And many pondered how exactly the despot’s name should be spelled.
“In death, as in life, Qaddafi confounds newsroom stylebooks everywhere,” @LizzieOhReally said.