Moammar Gadhafi: Gone At Last!

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Rebels Not Ready to Declare Victory - But "Mad-Dog" Gadhafi Has Disappeared

President Regan called him "Mad-Dog" of the Middle East 25 years ago. And he has proven to be that - and more...

In 2009 at the United Nations, Gadhafi called President Obama his "son". Both of them laughed but this is really no laughing matter.

While there is still fierce fighting going on in some cities throughout the country, Libya is for the most part, is very much under the control of the freedom fighters everywhere.

Moammar Gadhafi is watching his 42-year reign crumble from an unknown location, a demise the flamboynat despot likely believed would come at the hands of a foreign aggressor, not his own people.

Gadhafi came to power in a bloodless coup in 1969 as the 27-year-old captain who deposed a king. He fancied himself the Arab world's answer to Mao or Castro, vowing to bring "Islamic socialism" to Libya and proclaimed Libya a "Jamahiriya," an Arabic word meaning "republic of the masses."

"He aspired to create an ideal state," North African analyst Saad Djebbar of Cambridge University told the Associated Press. "He ended up without any components of a normal state. The 'people's power' was the most useless system in the world, turning revolutionaries into a force of wealth-accumulators."

Gadhafi's eight children and his wife, Safia, lived a life of luxury that included lavish parties, extravagant trips and opulent gifts. Many of his sons held government positions; Hannibal was head of Libya's maritime transport company; Saadi was special forces commander and in charge of Libya's soccer federation; Mohammed was Libya's Olympic chief.

Gadhafi's daughter, Aisha, a lawyer, helped defend Saddam Hussein during the trial that resulted in his hanging, and it is believed Gadhafi's son, Seif al-Islam, was being groomed to succeed his father.

There are reports that Saif al-Islam, Saadi and Mohammed are all in the custody of rebel forces, while their father, a man known as much for his eccentricities as his policies, tries to avoid capture.

Gadhafi's singularity begins with his name, which has more than 30 commonly used spellings and touches virtually all aspects of his daily life. His fashion choices are bizarre, he has a retinue of female bodyguards and insists on pitching a large Bedouin tent whenever he travels.

Gadhafi's foreign policy has been as erratic as his fashion sense. He has continually switched positions and allegiances throughout the decades.

Long before Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden ever made America's most wanted list, Gadhafi, 68, was the world's top sponsor of international terrorism. President Reagan called him the "mad dog of the Middle East" and said that Gadhafi's goal was "a world revolution, a Muslim fundamentalist revolution."

In retaliation for Libya's bombing of a West German disco that killed two American soldiers in 1986, Reagan ordered an air strike on Gadhafi's compound. Gadhafi survived the strike but his adopted baby daughter died.

The United States and Libya would be at odds again in 1988 after the United States determined that Libyan agents were behind the bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. The bombing killed 270 people, including 189 Americans.

The terrorist attack resulted in the United States and the United Nations imposing strict sanctions on Libya. One year later, Libya would be blamed for another terrorist attack, the 1989 bombing of a French airliner over Niger in West Africa. That attack killed 170 people of 17 nationalities.

A frequent adversary of the United States through the 1970s, '80s and '90s, Gadhafi has worked to repair his relationship with America in the past decade. In 1999, he handed over the two Libyans charged in the Lockerbie bombing, and in 2001 he was one of the first Arab leaders to issue a statement of condolence to the United States after 9/11

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#19 Amel Dedic 2011-10-25 07:20
Essalam Alaikum brother Yusuf. I have seen many of your videos about Islam and was really impressed with your dedication to clear the misconceptions. You surely put here some facts, but I think there is lot more true to say about this 42 year old regime. Maybe to hear some personal experiences too. This is one of them (pretty sure there is lot more):

Please read the article: Libya: 42 years of oppression?(typ e this as the key words in the Google search) by Graham Brown

Essalam Alaikum


Amel
#18 Eva 2011-08-28 02:31
As Muslims, you should be the first ones to know that things like character assassination have been used to fight Muslims allover.

Just like Abdulrachman put it 'True people's power like that in Egypt needed no foreign intervention'

I couldn't have said it better.
#17 ferguson 2011-08-28 00:38
i posted links before but they were posted but i think they were from sites that our wonderful sheikh is aware of so there was no damage done, like the deen show etc. anyway i pray for the families in libya i know i am far away here in australia but i want all our ummah to be happy and healthy and i hope more ppl will be guided to Islam. 1 day left in Ramadhan, how fast did it go!?
#16 ferguson 2011-08-28 00:36
i agree abdul, so many are basing their assumptions on the media once again, when we all know how much damage the media does, i mean look at how they represent Islam a lot of the time. i think the truth like i said is always the first casualty of any situation like this, so who knows if we will ever know the truth, i mean look at what happened in iraq and 9 11 etc et etc. may Allah (swt) protect us and guide us to the truth of Islam always and keep us and our ummah guided. UNITED WE STAND, DIVIDED WE FALL. sorry about the links didnt realise links are not allowed to be posted here, though i understand as there may be some who try and post inaccurate and negative links, my link was a positive one about unity and bringing the ummah closer together and just reading some articles that may help them understand what was going on in libya in the world. but i respect the site and won't post links anymore.
#15 Abdulrachman 2011-08-27 08:10
Muslims should not kill each other, much less fight a war against fellow Muslim in expectation of a reward for political power, money and fame with support from not one but more than three foreign oppressors and colonizers at a time which is considered the holiest month for Muslims! True people's power like that in Egypt needed no foreign intervention. I think it is not possible under the current situation in Libya to call it as an authentic and popular revolution of sorts. It has apparently become a fake revolution for highly questionable beneficiaries and goals. I think I also would not like to come back here if I will not see this._
#14 ferguson 2011-08-27 02:05
POST NO LINKS * COMMENTS WILL NOT BE POSTED IF YOU POST LINKS
#13 ferguson 2011-08-26 22:36
i dun think sheikh estes wrote this article i think its just an article they are linking from perhaps a non muslim newspaper to get our opinion on it? not sure.
#12 ferguson 2011-08-26 17:44
okay trying again to post my comments.____Th e 1st casualty in war is the TRUTH, no ifs or buts about it. To defeat someone, start the propaganda machine so that the world receives the boogeyman perception. This is nothing new. The CIA for e.g. has it down to a fine art, infiltrating a country, living and moving along with the people, the small group of 'unhappy' citizens, and then uses that to mould and manipulate the masses, for their own hidden agendas. Also, people need to learn what the hell Jihad means, I am sick of misconceptions.
#11 ferguson 2011-08-26 17:43
my comments have been cut, my comment starting with 'some believe' was much longer' hehe, they only included the first paragraph.
#10 ferguson 2011-08-26 17:42
Ya not sure why I am a little shocked but they are not posted what I say either the posts that talks about what is happening in Libya objectively. Oh well, that is sad and I am not sure why they are not posting one of my comments.

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