Dr. Ashraf Ezzat
Regardless of the ambiguity that shrouded the eruption of the Libyan popular uprising, regardless of the various conspiracy theories that tried – and still are –to somehow find a hidden foreign agenda behind this armed revolution, regardless of the many apologists for the Gaddafi’s regime who elaborated on his good deeds and achievements for the Libyans during the last four decades … one simple and utterly painful truth remains, that Muammar Gaddafi held nothing for the Libyan people but sheer contempt.
On his first speech that followed the start of the Libyan uprising last February and as he was threatening to turn Libya into a bloodbath Gaddafi defiantly disparaged the rebels as he shouted “who are you, anyway?”
With the assistance of oil revenues, Libya’s small population has enjoyed one of the continent’s high rates of economic growth and social welfare and medical services but still the Libyans remained politically and educationally impoverished as the colonel always believed that the Libyans needed nothing to learn in this modern world except the whimsical teachings and political theories he laid down in his so called green book.
Gaddafi is an obvious case of a megalomaniac in power, but what has been more sickening is the shameful acquiescence of the majority of the Libyan masses to be led, like a flock of sheep, by such a lunatic.
Gaddafi liked to be referred to as “Brother Leader” but actually he has never been a brother nor a leader to his fellow Libyan citizens.
Gaddafi was a brutal dictator who squandered not only the fortunes of Libya but more importantly forty two years of the country’s modern history on sheer political narcissism and personal whims.
Gaddafi, like the case with many other Arab leaders, brutally and solely ruled over Libyans for 4 long decades, he brutally subjugated them, and referred to them as rats and cockroaches and hence his end has been no less brutal. And with a whimper, not a bang this one man-show ended.
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