Muammar Gaddafi Dies in Attack

Muammar Gaddafi led the military coup against the then King of Libya - King Idris - in 1969, and the Kingdom of Libya became the Libyan Arab Republic. Born in 1942, the charismatic and whimsical leader, did manage to bring some improvement in the lives of the Libyan people but most his work was overshadowed by the ills his regime inflicted on the masses. On October 20, 2011, the NTC spokesperson announced that Muammar Gaddafi was killed in an attack.  

Muammar Gaddafi was a man driven by his view of himself as someone who would unify and lead all the Islamic nations of Africa. He adopted terror as his chosen path to realizing that vision. Libya was soon acknowledged as a nation that harbored and nurtured global terrorism. In 1986, the United States went ahead and bombed Tripoli and Benghazi. However, that did not end Gaddafi’s open endorsement of the Palestinian-Syrian terror axis. However, in 40 years of single-minded self aggrandizement, the people of the country were not on his agenda.

Gaddafi’s kleptocracy, with its censorship, violations of human rights, the rise of warlords, unemployment, poverty, and poor health standards, led to a grass root uprising against the government on February 14 this year (2011), just a couple of months before a similar, but peaceful, mass movement evolved in India.  The movement saw the common people come together in protest against their ruler, and the peaceful protest was met with armed hostility by the government. The people continued in their protest, with international governments condemning the use of force against the protesters. The legendary leader from the time that Libyan people fought off the Italian invasion and occupation of its land, Omar Mukhtar, became a symbol of the people’s aspiration.

Even after the people’s uprising led to Gaddafi fleeing Tripoli, pro-Gaddafi forces kept up the attacks on the government put in place by the National Transitional Council, often resulting in the NATO forces to retaliate. On October 20, 2011, the NTC spokesperson announced that Muammar Gaddafi was killed in an attack.

The will of a people is a difficult thing to suppress, no matter how much power you have at your beck and call. The protests in Libya and the victorious first steps in India are proof that in the end, the righteous always triumph.

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