reply to post by Flavian
Actually I find it hard to sort the wheat from the chaff regarding this all.
I know he was bad, this I have not refuted. I have asked for proof from people merely because everyone says he's bad but has not provided links and
whatnot to back up their statements.
The other problem we have is the fact Al-Qaeda linked LIFG are there and are leading the rebellion and we cannot determine how involved they were with
the initial momentum of the protests, and then rebellions. You have to consider the fact knowing this is an Al-Qaeda group.
I have a feeling Gaddafi was trying to be more humane in the last 10 years, after 9/11, but the damage he had done in the past and the fact people did
not have a choice over who was in power, was his undoing and certainly created an avenue for Al-Qaeda and/or the West to exploit.
Ultimately the facts are that Libya is now under Sharia law, not voted in by the people, and the efforts to fight for democracy now seem to have been
completely futile. The future of Libya is not looking good and having heard reports of how people are disgruntled about how Sharia law has been
implemented I have a nagging feeling that one of two things will happen. Hard line Islamic government will oppress the people and the West will turn a
blind eye to it as long as they have access to cheap resources (which of course lowers the revenue available to the country) and the benefit of an
unstable Middle East/Africa OR the West have wanted this so the people would rise up again and they would have to 'invade', properly.
There is no other conclusion but the above.