Muammar el-Qaddafi was a tyrant despised by the mass of Libyans–but the U.S. helped to overthrow him for very different reasons, write Alan Maass and Lance Selfa.
Socialist Worker, October 24, 2011
Video footage posted on the Internet showed an injured Qaddafi (left) in the custody of rebels
LIBYA’S FORMER dictator Muammar el-Qaddafi was killed last week as rebels, backed by NATO military forces, conquered the final city holding out against them. The U.S.-backed Transitional National Council (TNC) declared on Sunday that Libya was now “liberated”–but the manner of Qaddafi’s downfall raises questions about that claim.
Most Libyans celebrated the death of the man who ruled their country with an iron fist for more than four decades. Hatred of the Qaddafi regime spurred a popular rebellion last February. This mass mobilization against tyranny was another chapter in the Arab Spring that has spread from Northern Africa across the Middle East.