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Aug 22, 2011 0 Comments

The Fall of Moammar Qadaffi Should Serve as a Lesson for Latin American Dictators Articles / Opinion Editorials


Moammar Qaddafi’s reign in Libya is no more. The colorful, brutal persona, often more a caricature than real life, has at long last been exited—but there will be no mourning the day after.

Crowds will not meet and chant and weep in grief, nor will they cherish the legacy left by a man who ruled his country with an iron fist. The legacy of Qaddafi is only sadness, violence, hate and corruption. A legacy of a man who overstayed his welcome, stole from his people, and ultimately fled his country like a common criminal.

Moreover, his children face either the ruthless retribution of the angry mob or the opportunity to listen in silence as the International Criminal Court in The Hague lays bare their myriad of human rights violations before a world audience.

No one will remember how this dictatorship started out. Maybe, once, Qaddafi cared for his country. Maybe, once, he had the welfare of the poor in mind. But “power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”… Continue Reading »