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Libyan Leader's fall was 'a humiliating end for a tyrant'

10/26/2011, 5:21 p.m.
Libyan Leader's fall was 'a humiliating end for a tyrant'

Oct. 25 (GIN)-Amid shouts of "God is Great," anti-government rebels ended the life of Libyan strongman Muammar Muhammad Abu Minyar al-Gaddafi in a widely viewed orgy of bullets and beatings. The man who ruled his country with an iron fist died unceremoniously on Oct. 20 along with his son Mutassim in Sirte, the town of his birth.

With Gaddafi's death, a peoples' movement, with support from Western NATO countries, ended 42 years of rule by one man.

"It's time to start a new Libya, a united Libya," Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril declared. "One people, one future."

The gruesome details of the capture appeared almost instantly online, caught by rebel fighters' cameras as they pulled Gaddafi and his entourage from the hideout where they had run for refuge after their escape convoy was spotted by NATO planes. As the gruesome videos were uploaded, questions quickly emerged whether Gaddafi was brutalized in the moment of capture-including one report of sodomy-or if he died in crossfire. An investigation has been announced.

Leaders of sub-Saharan Africa expressed mixed emotions at the demise of the former head of the African Union, who had built mosques, schools and supported rebel movements-including brutal ones in Sierra Leone and Uganda-around the continent, but news editorials generally upheld the notion of "people power."

Saudi Arabia's Al Jazeera wrote, "The humiliating end of Libya's tyrant was expected...we hope it serves as a lesson to other tyrants who still cling to power, commit crimes and cardinal sins and continue to kill their people to remain in power."

Opiyo Oloya in Uganda's the New Vision wrote: "The most lasting legacy from the death of Gaddafi is that dictators often begin to believe their own narratives...Were he not completely blinded by his own sense of power and omnipotence, Gaddafi might have realized that the so-called rats and cockroaches were winning and, perhaps, that he needed to negotiate his exit from power or even arrange exile in a neighboring nation.

"He did neither...The upturned face of a dead Gaddafi boils down to one thing only-dictators everywhere should be afraid, very afraid."