Qaddafi’s End

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For all of his support for international terrorism, it was Libya that bore the brunt of Qaddafi’s ruthlessness. Despite boasting Africa’s largest oil reserves, Libya’s population lived in poverty, with a lower standard of living than any other major oil producer. Oil revenue instead went to prop up Qaddafi’s massive police state and to finance a personal militia to enforce his power. With any and all opposition suppressed, prisons teemed with the ever-expanding ranks of Qaddafi’s enemies.

In one such prison were sown the seeds of Qaddafi’s downfall. In 1996, Qaddafi ordered the massacre of 1,200 inmates held in Tripoli’s Abu Salem prison. Like many of his other injustices, it was never forgotten. Last spring, the relatives of those killed in the 1996 massacre led some of the initial protests in the rebel city of Benghazi. As the anti-Qaddafi insurgency gained force, Benghazi became ground zero for the rebel resistance.

With Qaddafi now dead, the rebels have finally achieved their main objective. But while there is little to regret in the death of a coldblooded tyrant, it is not clear that Libya’s worst days are behind it. The power vacuum left by Qaddafi has been filled with ancient hatreds. Numerous reports have chronicled attacks by rebel fighters on Libya’s black African minority, including summary arrests and mass executions of black men. Although at least some of the attacks were driven by false rumors that black men were mercenaries for Qaddafi, racism appears to be the real motivation. One rebel militiaman quoted amidst the fighting put it bluntly: “Libyan people don’t like people with dark skins.” Racism existed during Qaddafi’s reign, of course, but with the collapse his police state what little protection black Africans may have enjoyed is now gone.

Anti-Semitism has also been prevalent among the rebels. Graffiti that has appeared in Libya in recent months has caricatured Qaddafi as a Jew, and anti-Jewish and anti-Israel motifs have been a staple of rebel propaganda. Those few Jewish exiles who have returned to Libya following Qaddafi’s ouster have found the country no more hospitable to their presence than when he still ruled.

The manifestation of these prejudices is all the more troubling because it has been accompanied by the rise of militant and extremist Islam that risks jeopardizing hard-won liberation. It is no longer news that many of the commanders who led the rebels had ties to Islamic terrorists, including the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, a jihadist affiliate of al-Qaeda and the Taliban. But with Qaddafi out of the way the Islamists have a real chance to assert their political power. Already Islamist clerics have branded the transitional government as “worse than Qaddafi” because they deem it insufficiently Islamic. Those are ominous signs. As the new political factions sort themselves out, the nightmare scenario for post-Qaddafi Libya is that the monstrous regime of the deceased dictator may still be replaced by something even worse.

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  • Larry

    It means that after a show election of one man, one vote, one time, that Libya will be ruled by the local chapter of the MB, the same as Egypt, and possibly Tunisia.

    Of the "Arab Spring" countries the only one I hold out any hope for is Tunisia, which whilst it was ruled by a dictatorship, was ruled by a pretty benign, forward looking, and anti-secular one. Tunisia just may have enough educated, civilized people amongst it population not to go down the drain.

    • Alvaro

      " [...] was ruled by a pretty benign, forward looking, and anti-secular one."

      It may have been a lot of things, but it was not anti-secular. Perhaps you meant secular?

      And yes, there is more hope for Tunisia than any of the other "Arab Spring" countries.

    • Beth

      As long as they're all bowing down to their Koran….it makes no difference on how "civilized" they appear. It will be only a matter of time before hell moves in because that's what their Koran produces.

  • mrbean

    Two Questions:

    (1) Since Qadaffi was not a threat let alone an emminent threat to the United States or to NATO then why did Obama enter into an illegal war? Please, the use a US drone, air support, and US satellites constitutes offensive acts of war. It is a war in when many civilians are killed by NATO bombing — ahhh collateral damage I guess?

    (2) What was the vital interest of the United States are involved that required over $1 billion dollars in costs and committing our military assets? Answer NONE.

    If Bush had done this the Democrats would have impeached him.

    • Alvaro

      It was done to protect civilians by engineering a bloody civil war that killed many times the number of civilians Qadaffi would have killed, not to mention the material damage and "collateral damage" from NATO bombs. Qadaffi had almost squashed the rebellion when the bombing campaign started.

      Secondly, the whole campaign was a major embarassment to NATO.

    • Beth

      Nato ALWAYS goes after non-islam. They took out the serbs and defended the albanians. And this is just another prime example of what NATO is up to – Spreading the MB.

    • Howard

      If Bush had done this it would have been cited in the media as more proof of his "cowboyism".

    • Nina

      Many peope, I among them, were asking the same questions. I have not heard yet a logical answer.

  • StephenD

    We had/have no dog in this fight. When a government shares our values of personal freedom and individual responsibility in a Constitutionally Governed society, then we should support them however we can. This sends a message to all other societies that they can expect US support if they share our values. Everyone that does not, can pound sand. If we operated like this, we'd save a ton of money and make clear to the balance of the world exactly who our friends were. Also, our friends would set the standard of living so much higher that other countries would be foolish not to want to emulate them. Talk about winning hearts and minds.
    Instead, we’ll pour money into Libya and pay for their institutions, infrastructure, etc. to be established all while they smile at us until they're done with us then they'll tell us to pound sand! What a waste of our money.

    • Beth

      StephenD….your post should be pinned @ the top for all to see. It's the plain truth. I would like to believe that the majority of Americans feel exactly the same way.

      • StephenD

        Thank you for the encouraging words Ms. Beth.

  • ronin

    US and NATO military are used to only satisfy the Buliderburg group desire and it has nothing to do with democracy and humanity. I consider the group to be PUBLIC ENEMY #1 and should be dismantle.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Qaddafi, dead but is the spirit of evil gone in Lybia? The killing and revenge and
    more killing due to power grabs will continue until the Muslim Brotherhood via
    one of it's new named fronts has blanket control. The entire removal of Moahmar
    was to get rid of a loose cannot who was not in line with the restored Caliphate.
    Democracy in action, not with Muslim control, all of the pepulace will vote for
    whoever the Mullahs tell them to and even a few votes for stooge loosers.
    Has America not been helping the Muslim Brotherhood, do they not have advisers
    in the White House and State Department, giving Obama and Clinton directions
    and maybe a little campaign contribution from endles oil wealth generated by
    American money because obstructionists in the pseudo environmentalist movement
    have destroyed our own natural resource usage so we can pay and pave the way
    for Socialist/Islamist growth and power…………………………………..William

  • Steve Chavez

    AND SYRIA AND IRAN are not a target too? These two have caused most of the problems in the Middle East including aiding in KILLING AMERICANS in a far bigger scale than Qaddafi ever did and that's on top of the problems they have caused for Israel and Lebanon!

    WATCH OBAMA'S CAIRO SPEECH closely and he is SIGNALING TO THE EXTREMISTS THAT EXTREMISM IS THE WAY to get rid of their dictators and Egypt was the first in line and now its peace agreements with Israel are non-existent and soon will be ruled by a far worse group including Muslim Brotherhood which will cause problems in the area for centuries!

    OBAMA secretly supports this MUSLIM EXTREMISM AS MANY OTHERS, LIKE FAKE JEW SUPPORTERS IN CONGRESS, and that's why he takes no action against a genocidal Syria!

    NO CREDIT FOR KILLING Qaddafi FOR OBAMA FROM ME!

  • Steve Chavez

    OBAMA SUPPORTED, AND ENCOURAGED, THE ARAB SPRING BUT WAS SILENT ON THE GREEN REVOLUTION!

    IRAN, the world's most dangerous country as it is now and much more if they acquire a nuke, must be a target but this administration LOVES THEM AS THEY DO SYRIA AND ANY OTHER COUNTRY THAT HATES AND WANTS THE DESTRUCTION OF ISRAEL!!!

    Tie all the Netanayu meetings with Obama who SPITS on Israel, his non-action against countries that also hate Israel, and then his action against those countries that have peace agreements with Israel, and you will see that OBAMA also secretly wants the end of the Israeli problem therefore siding with terrorists who target the United States!

    HUGO CHAVEZ, no relation but if I were, I would demand a job maybe a propaganda minister, HAS USED BLACKMAIL AGAINST US since he has stated that any attack on Iran and he will end the OIL SHIPMENTS! This is just another reason we need to "Drill here, Drill now" but Obama places moratoriums and all types of regulations for an accident that he was happy about since it fuels his Green energy crapola! Chavez too bribe$$$ many other South and Central American countries that vote in Communists also favorable to Obama and Hillary!

    IMAGINE WORLD PEACE? Imagine a world without Iran radicals, KIM, Hugo Chavez, AND THE WORLD'S LONGEST REINING DICTATOR, FIDEL CASTRO!!! Oh, and Fidel is NOT retired! When he dies, Obama, and millions of other Americans, will be shedding tears!!!

    • Beth

      Let us pray:

      2012 – Goodbye obomination

  • rsa

    A bunch of savages, whom we shouldn't be proud to be associated with.

  • http://apollospaeks.blogtownhall.com/ ApolloSpeaks

    !POST-KADDAFY LIBYA

    If you want to know what post-Kaddafy Libya will likely become think post-Saddam Iraq minus US/coalition forces.

    Click my name and read my piece: Moammar Kaddafy and Saddam Hussein: Parallel Deaths Of Two Arab Dictators.

  • BS77

    The Pan Am victims are now getting some justice…..too bad Scotland released that other terrorist piece of garbage on some ridiculous liberal touchy feely PC nonsense.

  • BLJ

    Obama needs something to try to distract the American people from the economic mess he has buried us in. Mr. Noble Peace Prize is sure the little warrior these days.

    The Arab Spring is about as much a "rise of the people" as the Ocuppy Wall Street loons. Both have been orchestrated by sinister forces that will end up making things worse in the long run.

    The fact that Qadaffi is taking a dirt nap bothers me not. He was a tyrant who got what he deserved (just like Saddam). Anyone who thinks that the Islamists are not going to jump into the power vaccum is living in Disney World.

  • waterwillows

    It is something of a wonder why the west would bother with Qaddafi. Oil can not be it because Qaddafi had shown he was open to pretty much any kind of 'negotiations'.

    However, if there are those who do not believe the Lord when He says, He has not been able to wash them clean, they had better think again. There is no way, any kind of lefty delusion will be able to do so.
    They can go from spring to summer and right on into winter, but it will not happen. They can dream all the delusions they want. But if the Throne can not do it; then nor shall they be able to. Maybe it is just lefty rebellion against the Lord?

    PS: Just a thought. Not a very nice thought, but I wonder? Quddafi knew where all the bodies lay and knew about the skeltons in the closet. Could there be those who felt he was becoming somewhat unstable and unreliable? It is nasty thinking and I hope it's not true.

  • LindaRivera

    In Libya, “The brigade for purging slaves, black skin”
    - slogan seen painted in rebel country

  • LindaRivera

    There is mostly silence about the horrors taking place against Libya’s blacks.
    STOP the GENOCIDE of Blacks by the U.S. backed cruel Libya rebels!

    The Obama-supported rebels left in charge are now conducting a “large scale cleaning in the areas under their control with the extermination of all blacks in the capital”, according to The Independent.

    Barbaric atrocities, kidnappings and ruthless genocide of blacks in Libya by US/France/NATO backed Al-Qaeda/Hezbollah rebels has been going on for months.

    US/NATO who have waged war for months for Hezbollah and Al-Qaeda
    who MURDER our troops in Iraq-are RESPONSIBLE for stopping the genocide.

    US/NATO are also responsible for rescuing the many terrified blacks kidnapped by the rebels, including the kidnapped black children who have been horrifically abused by the black-hater Muslim rebels.

    Blacks must have human rights!

    STOP THE GENOCIDE!

  • LindaRivera

    United together in JIHAD, US/NATO, Al-Qaeda and Hezbollah triumph over Libya.

    Admiral James Stavridis, NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander, Europe, and the commander of the U.S. European Command told the U.S. Senate that Al-Qaeda and Hezbollah fighters are among the Libyan rebels currently receiving support from the US and its NATO allies. This was confirmed by one of the Libyan rebel officers, Abdel-Hakim al-Hasidi, who leads one of the Al-Qaeda units.

    U.S/NATO joined with Al-Qaeda and Hezbollah terrorists to wage war.
    Gadaffi did some terrible things. But US/NATO consider barbaric Al Qaeda and barbaric Hezbollah to be good guys to be placed in power in Libya? US/NATO have great guilt in making the world a far more dangerous place.

  • LindaRivera

    It's extremely important to note that in his later years, Gaddafi cooperated with America. He gave up his nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction programs. Radically different from Iran who have vowed repeatedly to "Wipe Israel off the map" and, "DESTROY America." Iran fully intends to carry out their murderous threats.

    U.S. and Western leaders owe the world an explanation as to why they waged relentless war for several months against Gadaffi who freely cooperated and was no longer a threat. And why GENOCIDAL Iran is given a free pass. Iran is allowed to become a nuclear power, hold the world hostage, and in the end, perpetrate a terrible nuclear Holocaust on humanity.

    • Beth

      The same questions could be asked for the Serbs. NATO attacked the Serbs in defense of the provoking islamic albanians. The albanians even have streets named after clinton.

      Something is very wrong with this picture and the American people are oblivious (thanks in large part to the drive-by media).

      Hell is on its way….and it will take all – like a thief in the night (just like the Lord said it would)

  • ronin

    What goes around, comes around!!! United state government changed Iranian regime twice, once in 1947, and then again in 1979. Persians would not thrust the USA and it's masters.

  • UCSPanther

    All in all, it was to be expected. Gaddafi ruled by fear, but like many tyrants with similar styles of rule, he also had to be very afraid of his subjects' contempt against him, and as witnessed in that bloody spectacle, it backfired on him big time. Considering that Gaddafi was a generous donor to terrorist and other assorted fringe radical groups in the 1980s and was still hostile towards the west towards then end, I have no pity for him.

    It may be good news at first glance, but the fear is that the asylum will be taken over by an even worse pack of inmates whose ruthlessness and insanity (A'la Iran's theocracy) will cause the Libyan people to be wishing for the "Good ol' days" of Gaddafi's demented rule.

  • AntiSharia

    Gaddafi was a thug, I'm not going to shed a single tear over his death, eulogize him as a great leader, or… say a prayer for his soul. He died as he lived, violently. What worries me is that nature abhors a vacuum. Will the Iranians swoop in and turn Libya into a client state? Will these factions now turn on each other and start fighting like the factions did in Afghanistan when they toppled the communists? I'm not optimistic for any of the Arab countries and their chances of establishing a legitimate, democratically elected government.

  • Steve Chavez

    DANCING IN THE STREETS OF TEHRAN TOO!!!

    Obama: "U.S. troops leaving Iraq by the end of the year."

    • BLJ

      Obama's bus tour tanked, his economic policies blow rhino so now he is announcing that the U.S. is leaving Iraq. He will take credit for this like he does
      everything else (except for the economy, Soloyndra, Fast & Furious etc).

    • ronin

      You are right. Iraq just bacame part of old persian impire!!!

  • Seamystic

    The whole Arab Muslim Middle, East is nothing but a Dogs Breakfast. Democracy in Libya, not likely after a few months. Time for Democracies to destroy Islam, and take over the Oil Fields in those various countries.
    Sign the "Ban Islam" petition at: http://www.petitiononline.com/MYSTIC/petition.htm

    SEAMYSTIC

  • Ghostwriter

    Personally,I'm not shedding any tears of Qaddafi's death. He deserved what he got. I hope things work out over there. The Libyans deserved better than Qaddafi.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    The manifestation of these prejudices is all the more troubling because it has been accompanied by the rise of militant and extremist Islam that risks jeopardizing hard-won liberation.

    When the writer speaks of the rise of a militant and extremist Islam in Libya, he means relative to what? A so-called Religion of Peace™ being hijacked by a tiny minority of extremists? Yeah right.

    Can the writer provide any evidence of the existence of a militant and extremist Islam relative to a moderate Islam? I hate to rain on this writer's clueless parade, but there is only one Islam and it isn't moderate. Obviously, this writer couldn't be anymore blinded by PC multiculturalism and as a result believes in fairy tales.

    It is no longer news that many of the commanders who led the rebels had ties to Islamic terrorists,

    I hate to rain on this writer's clueless parade for a second time, but Muslims never ever perpetrate terrorism, as terrorism is a product of Western civilization only. Instead Muslims fight jihad in the cause of Allah against non-Muslim unbelievers to make Islam supreme, which is a product of Islamic civilization only.

    In any event, the USA should have stayed out of the fray in Libya, as either way whatever eventually evolves to replace the dead dictator will not be an ally or friend of the USA and the West. Thus, we had no strategic horse in that race, plus the jihad in Libya didn't represent an existential or imminent threat, and whatever eventually evolves in Libya subsequently will probably be worse and more dangerous than an already neutered Gaddafi.

    Furthermore, I do not support spending one cent or wasting any resources trying to support what Wilsonian leftists and clueless neo-cons will no doubt naively identify as liberal democratic forces in Libya, because anything short of a very authoritarian and totalitarian government will inevitably get obliterated by the forces of Islam in the long run no matter what.

    In fact, Islam is not just another faith-based religion as most clueless leftists and neo-cons blinded by PC multiculturalism ignorantly believe. In fact, Islam is far closer to being a supremacist totalitarian ideology like Communism than it is to being a religion, as just like Communism, Islam seeks world domination and the end result of Islam, exactly like Communism, is totalitarianism. Indeed, just because something claims to be a religion doesn't mean that it is a religion.

  • alexander

    SUE SUE SUE!!! Sue that oh so gooood looking model wife of one of his sons for pouring a hot water twice over an innocent maid….bestiality of those imbeciles in power is gruesome

  • PaulM

    It is quite clear that there so many similarities between American peoples and we in Australia. Much of what is said on this blog is the same as what is said here in Australia, and unfortunately much is shallow, uninformed and ignorant.

    First, those that class the NATO actions in Lybia as an illegal war. How is military action under a UN Mandate an illegal war?

    Second, civilians die in war, but they die in far lesser numbers in modern warfare than they did during WW1 & WW2. Civilian casualties are unfortunate but unavoidable in war.

    Thirdly, for those that say the West has no place in conflicts like this, refer to point one, if you want the benefits of being part of an International community then you have to honour responsibilities when called to help out. If you don't like it then convince your politicians to renounce the UN Charter and begin the process of withdrawing your membership.

    • ObamaYoMoma

      If you don't like it then convince your politicians to renounce the UN Charter and begin the process of withdrawing your membership.

      Most conservatives have been pushing that same exact thing for way too many years now.

  • esperantominoria

    KADDAFI AND ISLAM

    Once he decided toREJECT the HADITHS and be a KORAN-ONLY MUSLIM.He told the world,He was told be the highest SUNNI MUSLIM SCHOLARS that if he did not recent he would be declared an APOSTATE and any Muslim could KILL him,he did as they told him.

    In IRAN they are SHIA and they have TEMPORARY MARRIAGE.Watch "BBC Video about Temporary Marriage in Iran:Habib(65) marries Leila(17) for 6 Months"
    http://www.antisharia.com/2011/10/22/bbc-video-ab

  • http://satanstrinity.com C"H"Martel

    My book, "Satan's Trinity: Hitler, Stalin & Muhammad," will be available within the month and one may pre-order at http://www.satanstrinity.wordpress.com/ For the first time in history "HSM" appear together on a book cover. The idea behind the book is to make headway against the ludicrous idea that Muhammad should be conjoined with any religious leader/founder. Once this comparison, driven by actual names, has been made then it must be attacked. Once the attack has been launched then the attackers will be forced to defend their attack. Since the attack is indefensible then the "religion" Muhammad (if he existed) founded will begin to be viewed as the scam it is. This book has been written under the principle of KISS. And nothing is simpler to understand than Hitler and Stalin…..and now, Muhammad. Thank you for your time…….C"H"Martel

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  • John_Kelly

    Six thousand years of recorded history have provided countless examples of Dictators like Moammar Qaddafi who paraded like narcissistic peacocks on the world stage only to have their true cowardly character revealed when their reign finally ended.

    Perhaps some of our ego-driven elected officials should learn a lesson from the demise of this bombastic baboon.

  • 080

    I want a DNA sample. Ghadaffi had several look alikes wandering around.

  • incontrinews

    wow

  • Fred Dawes

    But I loved to guy!!! he was so much fun and had a greta looking woman .

  • antonio

    This clearly show why people need to search the truth for themselve to determine what is fiction or what is truth…………There is no measure of eloquence that could cover over the fact that the message of the murder of Muammar Ghadafi and his son Mutassim is one more outrage of the inhumanity of a war based on the betrayal of all who believe in humanitarian principles and humanity.

    Africa has once again lost one of it´s great leaders. From Lumumba to Rwanda, to the outrages in Darfur, to the manufacturing of hunger that murders millions, to Gbagbo, and Ghadafi, the footprint of European and US Colonialism and aggression is written in the blood, sweat and tears of millions.

    • Beth

      It's the Koran, stupid

  • 11bravo

    It means the country; and the entire arab world has turned its back on stepping into the light. 1400 more yrs of darkness for the arab spring-Face facts!!

    And you know in your heart I am right; It is Islam and you know it.

    • Beth

      yep