Libya is in a sorry state today. Hundreds of thousands of people have fantastic weapons in their hands. They have shoulder held missiles and can shoot down any plane. They have rockets and countless AK 47s. Afghanistan is being repeated again.
Gaddhafi said the stood for African Unity and Arab Unity. He threatened the USA, the Saudis,and above all swore to destroy Israel. But he set up crony dictators in Northern Africa and called himself King of Kings. He recruited a large army of Black mercenaries and paid them well. These mercenaries helped him through four decades of tyranny.
He was a megalomaniac and a sexual pervert; surrounded himself with female body guards. He fooled the people of Libya and called himself Brother (Muammar) Ghaddafi. People could do nothing.
But he nationalized Libyas’s oil and huge profits. Other Arabs followed hi and the OPEC came intyo existence. Thanks to him the Arabs have held ghe world to ransom . Arab wealth owes much to Ghaddafi.
His cruelties made many Libyans flee to Europe and Europe found itself with loads of reugees.
He would listen to nobody and feared no body.
While the Arab Spring in Tunisia and Egypt sprang with local roots and led to democracy, a rag tag army of rebels emerged in Libya. Ghaddafi mercileslly killed his rivals.
America made use of Facebook, Twitter and other social networking sites and supported the rebels with massive arms from across te Mediterranean. Hillary Clinton persuaded Russia and China not to oppose sanctions. USA sent drones from war ships and persuaded the NATO to undertake thousands of bombings. Hundreds of thousands were killed and cities and villages were destroyed. Finally the game was over. Gdahhafi as found hiding in a drain and he was shot dea and his body was dragged across the streets. More details in my essay on Libya.