The people of Libya erupted in celebration on Thursday when word came in that their dictator, Muammar Gaddafi, was killed in the town of Sirte. Interim Libyan Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril confirmed the news.
Gaddafi has held an iron grip on the North African nation for 42 years. He was known for his soft jheri curl-like locks, cocky attitude, and slight crush on Condoleezza Rice.
Earlier this year, however, the Libyan people rose up against Gaddafi’s government and sought its overthrow. The dictator fought back with an assault on the rebel fighters who are essentially his own citizens. He went into hiding once the uprising began, still trying to assert his loosening power over the people.
For his brutality, the International Criminal Court in The Netherlands was going to try him for crimes against humanity.
An assault on Sirte led to Gaddafi’s ultimate demise. Gaddafi was taken out, along with his son Mutassim. The chief of intelligence, Abdullah al-Senussi, was also killed in the attack.
Images and video of Gaddafi’s alleged dead body were posted on the Internet. I looked at a few of the photos and the video and it seemed real to me. Out of respect for your stomach, I won’t post them here. The photos show a bloody corpse that looks exactly like Gaddafi bleeding profusely from a head wound.
Needless to say, today is an historic day in the Middle East and Africa. Now that Gaddafi has been killed, rebel fighters are hoping the war is over. This is just a first step though. The fractured Libyan nation has to be put back together and try to move forward. It’s a long road ahead for them, much like over in Egypt.