Daily Archives: October 20, 2011
Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi was killed today in a gunfight in his hometown of Sirte after a prolonged struggle, the interim Libyan government said, thus ending once and for all the rule Qaddafi had held since 1969.
Four decades of Qaddafi’s control of the oil-rich country led to advanced weapon development which was later abandoned, grizzly murders of opponents, responsibility for airplane bombings and the creation of a cartoon-styled identity used to present himself to the rest of the world.
He became the longest serving Arab or African dictator, outlasting his early contemporaries such as Idi Amin, Saddam Hussein and Gamel Nasser, yet he never believed that the Libyans, in the last couple of years, had turned against him.
Apparently he was wounded in the fire fight and died later in the ambulance. One of his sons died as well.
The best news to me is that we didn’t do it!