After months of bloody conflict, embattled Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi was reportedly killed in his hometown of Sirte.

Although more information is still pouring from Libya, rebel leaders and many of the Libyan people are rejoicing over the news of his death.

Gaddafi ruled the country for over 40 years, after a military coup in 1969. Gaddafi, who viewed himself as a “brother leader,” was a Pan-Africanist and worked to unite African countries and fashion it into a sort of “United States of Africa.” His goal was to develop “a single African military force, a single currency and a single passport for Africans to move freely around the continent,” while including other countries, like Jamaica and Haiti, whose population was majority Black. Although his “United States of Africa” idea didn’t work out, many of the principles influenced the formation of the African Union, of which he served as chairman from 2009 to 2010.

While he was embraced by many at home, Western leaders shunned him. After denying involvement for years, Gaddafi took responsibility for the 1988 Pan Am bombing over Lockerbie, Scotland which killed 270 people.

After coming to power, Gaddafi was reportedly suspicious of a possible coup and was very active in crushing dissidence. However, after other countries in the region–namely Egypt and Tunisia–saw their leaders fall, many Libyans took to the streets to oust Gaddafi. As a result of 6-months of protests and bloody conflicts, rebel forces were able to overthrow the government, and many are claiming responsibility for Gaddafi’s death.

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  • Ninja Please

    @B ……interesting that you would take a discussion on nation states and bring up bigotry and/or racism. That shows how you truly think……that is always the explanation, isn’t it? What about content of character or personal responsibility? Nope, must be racism.

    Thanks, by the way, for the name calling. Stay classy.

    yes, colonialism by the brits, danes, belgians, etc severely damaged africa. no question.
    Japan also was decimated by world war 2. But, with some outside help, they have managed to grow into one of the world’s top 5 economies. It is possible to thrive after atrocity, but it takes cohesion and education. They lead in technology and science. How long does Africa get a pass? When will they contribute?

    Putting FACT in capitals must make it so. Is there an expectation that countries should do something to receive the foreign aid? Probably. Is it wrong to encourage the growth of infrastructure so that maybe these nations can stand on their own feet one day? to encourage trade that will provide jobs to the citizens?

    When you have that many people with their hands in the pot, is there bound to be some corruption. of course.

    So, when a non-democrat politician suggests cutting off aid to all foreign countries, how would that be perceived? I’m guessing that, instead of you lauding how great it is that the world is no longer shoving its western ways down africa’s throat, you and B will simply say that it is racist. whats a better way?

    yes, this country has some serious problems. feel free to contribute a better system. Socialism and communism have consistently failed. All people do not contribute, or want to contribute equally. Some people work harder than others, and should be rewarded as such. Majoring in ancient greek history isn’t going to make you rich.

    and yes, parts of this country are crumbling to the worst parts of africa. Detroit isn’t too far from the lawlessness of somalia. that once proud city is in shambles.

    as for my lack of success, a really classy attack by the way, I am a CPA and a JD. I tithe 10% to my church and have participated in missions trips. But I guess you just have everyone figured out.

    continue being a victim. it makes for great drama.

  • KingJason

    He might have been a tyrant but he was murdered and a coldblooded and chilling manner.

    • African Mami

      In the same manner that he did others. Karma is a bitch!

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