Gregory G. H. Rihn (milwaukeesfs) wrote,
Gregory G. H. Rihn

Ding, Dong, the Dictator's Dead--

The New York Times and other sources report that Moammar Gadhafi, one of the world's longest tenured dictators, and the longest serving leader in Africa and the Arab world, has died as a result of wounds suffered during his capture today.

Given Ghadafi's sense of self-drama and oft-cited defiance of the Lybian rebellion and NATO, I'm sure that he would have preferred to go down fighting, and he came close.

He will be missed by few save his family and remaining hangers-on. I wish the people of Lybia the best of luck in rebuilding their country. Unfortunately, like so many nations, they have no tradition of democracy or good governance to build on, and I expect that factional fighting and intertribal strife are what comes next there.

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