The Death of Colonel Qaddafi

In this age of instant communications, the death of Colonel Qafddafi has already been announced.  They have also been accompanied by gruesome photo evidence of his death.  The Arab Spring has culminated in the first death of a sitting leader.  I have no opinion as to the justifications for this man's death.  He had ruled Libya for years.  He seemed to be well regarded by fellow African leaders.  After the downing of the plane in Lockerbie, Scotland he seemed to be persona non grata in the U.S.  Our country did assist in some early bombings in Libya.

I am glad we did not send troops to this country to assist in the overthrow of President Qaddafi.  It was announced weeks ago that the government was not functioning at all.  We have enough problems in Iraq and Afghnaistan trying to either uphold or install new governments.  I hope the country can return to some sort of peace and stability.  A civil war is not pretty and the repercussions will be felt for years.  The people of Egypt are still suffering after the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak.  Godspeed to the people of Libya and rest in peace to Muammar Qaddafi.

P.S. Libya was recently the site of a deadly embassy attack.  We lost our Embassy Director and three other Americans to a sustained attack by militants who were supposedly protesting a film about the Prophet Muhammad.

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