The death of toppled Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi was today hailed by Prime Minister David Cameron as a step towards a “strong and democratic future” for the north African country.
Gaddafi died this morning as rebel troops overran the final pockets of fighters loyal to the former regime in his home-town of Sirte.
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Obama hails death of Muammar Gaddafi as foreign policy success
President warns other Middle Eastern dictators, particularly Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, that they could be next
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President Barack Obama hailed the lifting of the “dark tyranny” over Libya after the new government confirmed Muammar Gaddafi had been killed, issuing a warning to other dictators in the Middle East – and particularly Syria – that they could be next.
Although Obama did not name Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, it was he Obama had in mind when he said the rule of the iron fist in the Middle East is inevitably coming to an end. Those leaders that try to deny the push for democracy will not succeed, he predicted.
Obama was speaking in the White House Rose Garden after footage was shown worldwide of what appeared to be Gaddafi’s bloody corpse. “One of the world’s longest-serving dictators is no more,” the president said.
WHY THEY KILLED HIM…
About the Author
Muammar Gaddafi is the Arab world’s longest-serving leader. Col Gaddafi came to power in a bloodless coup in 1969. In the late 1970s Col Gaddafi set up the “Great Jamahiriya”, or the state of the masses. The system is based around ‘people’s committees’ and is free of partisan politics. Muammar Gaddafi was born in the desert near Sirte in 1942. He married twice and has eight children.
Muammar el Qaddafi’s “Green Book”
Understanding the Libyan Leader’s Third Way Between Capitalims and Marxism
By Pierre Tristam
Libya’s Col. Muammar al-Gaddafi, author of “The Green Book.”
Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images
The Green Book is a three-part collection of political thoughts, social and economic theories and day-to-day how-to guides by Libya’s Muammar el Qaddafi. The book sums up Qaddafi’s “Third Universal Theory,” designed to be an alternative to capitalism and “atheistic communism.” It also expounds on the role of women, men, “black people,” music and education in everyday life. In Qaddafi’s words, “THE GREEN BOOK presents the ultimate solution to the problem of the instrument of government, and indicates for the masses the path upon which they can advance from the age of dictatorship to that of genuine democracy.
Two models stand out as inspirations for Qaddafi’s Green Book. The first is Egyptian leader Gamal Abdel Nasser’s Philosophy of the Revolution (1954), where Nasser lays out his ideas about pan-Arab nationalism and his intention to be not only the Arab world’s leader, but Africa’s, too. Nasser was Qaddafi’s foremost influence as Qaddafi was growing up. The second model for the Green Book is Mao’s Little Red Book (1964-76).
The Green Book, required reading in Libya, is generally more entertaining than coherent, more quaint than philosophically rigorous, and often just plain silly: “Women,” Qaddafi writes, “are females and men are males. According to gynecologists, women menstruate every month or so, while men, being male, do not menstruate or suffer during the monthly period.”
On the other hand, it can sometimes read like rewrites of Rousseau: “All methods of education prevailing in the world should be destroyed through a universal cultural revolution that frees the human mind from curricula of fanaticism which dictate a process of deliberate distortion of man’s tastes, conceptual ability and mentality.”
Either way, scholars, political theorists and politicians have had to take the Green Book seriously, if only because it remains Qaddafi’s guiding principles.
‘Gaddafi victim of US’ targeted killing’
Many analysts, however, have been quick to point out that the end of Gaddafi era may be just the beginning of major challenges that lie ahead for Libyans.
Press TV has interviewed Abayomi Azikiwi, the editor of Pan-African News Wire, who says what Washington and its NATO allies are looking for in Libya is the country’s riches.
The video offers the opinions of two additional guests: Aly el-Kabbani and Mohammed Abdul Malik.
The following is the transcription of the interview.
Press TV: US President Barack Obama made a statement in the White House regarding what has occurred [in Libya] and in his brief statement he also mentioned ‘democracy’. When we look at what he is saying, the notion of democracy is something that is faltering in the US when we look at what the protest movements.
How could the West lay back after all that has happened because if it is going to be modeled after the ideals that Libyans have, that could sway from the movements that they were involved in, through the NATO and the air campaign with the US playing the back role, but will they leave Libyans alone to do that?
Azikiwi: No, we don’t feel at all that Libya is going to be left alone. In fact [US Secretary of State] Hilary Clinton was just in Libya yesterday [October 19, 2011]
, calling for the capture and assassination of Muammar Gaddafi, it has been reported today that he was assassinated in Sirte, until we have full confirmation that it is the situation, we are going to refrain from making any definitive comments in regard to what the actual politics of the post-Gaddafi Libya will play out.
But I just want to mention that the US as well as the NATO countries have invested a tremendous amount of resources in bringing out this regime change. Since February they have been supporting the NTC, beginning March the 19th, they engaged in both air strikes as well as strikes from the sea against numerous targets inside Libya, over 20,000 sorties, over 9500 airstrikes, even today [October 20, 2011] there are reports there were two major airstrikes against in Sirte against this convoy that has been hit, that it has been reported by the NTC and other international sources, that resulted in the wounding of Muammar Gaddafi and other people who were travelling along with him. If these reports are confirmed, then it shows very clearly that this assassination has to be credited to NATO and NATO forces that have been attacking Libya now for over seven months.
So I don’t believe for one minute that the US and the other NATO countries will leave Libya alone to find its own path in regard to some type of reconstruction of the country. First of all the resources that are in Libya are tremendous and we know very clearly that the US, Britain and France are very much interested in the oil industry there -to dominate that industry. They have already frozen over 120 billion dollars in Libyan assets, at the same time they are involved in the exploration of national gas resources as well, particularly in western Europe. So I don’t believe that Libya is going to be left alone to find its path into the future.
Press TV: Do you think the US is just going to leave the lybians to themselves to figure things out in terms of formation of a government?
Azikiwi: No, they definitely are not going to leave Libya to itself, the US historically has had interests in Libya prior to the revolution of September 1969, they had an air base in Libya which closed as the result of the leadership of Muammar Gaddafi. It is obvious that Hillary Clinton’s involvement, the State Department as well as the intelligence officials, the Pentagon, have all been involved in this regime change process. Targeted assassination is the cornerstone of US foreign policy.