There are numerous claims that Gadhafi has fled Libya. The state department and U.S. intelligence officials also say the same thing. A top state Department official, Assistant Secretary of state Jeffrey Feltman has been in Benghazi, the rebel’s de facto capital, since Thursday meeting with rebel leaders. Right now he is probably the highest ranking U.S. diplomat in Libya. The main question on everyone’s mind is “where is Gadhafi?” if the rebels do indeed emerge victorious it would vindicate Obama administration and NATO policy.
The White House and Department have been criticized from all sides: by senate and House leaders concerned that not enough has been done for the rebels, and by others concerned that Libya is not nearly as important strategically as Syria.
The rebel government has been torn by bickering among different factions and tribes. The top rebel military general was killed by some of his fighters, raising questions again about whether the transitional government could be trusted to create a broad based new government for the country. With Gadhafi gone, there will still be challenges ahead as I have highlighted earlier on. Gadhafi the longest ruler of the war torn country, Libya is one political strongman. His forty one years in power prior to the outbreak of the 2011 Libyan civil war made him one of the longest serving non royal rulers in history, as well as being the longest serving Arab leader.
Gaddafi ruled Libya with a political philosophy termed the “Third International Theory”. This approach saw him reject capitalism and communism and was based on ideals of Arab nationalism and socialism. During his rule, he took active measures to influence foreign governments, supporting paramilitary organizations and terrorists. The United Nations called Libya under Gadhafi a pariah state, and the United States held Libya on its list of states sponsoring terrorism from 1979 to 2006.
In early February 2011, Gadhafi’s government faced major political protests following the wake of demonstrations in Tunisia, Egypt and other parts of the Arab world. The protests quickly turned into a civil war. Gaddafi vowed to “die a martyr” if necessary in his fight against rebels and external forces, saying that those rebelling against his government deserved to die. Since then he has lost control of the most eastern Libya as well as large parts of the west.
If he has fled the country this is surely a win for the Obama administration. Though I am sure that even though he will be out of the politics, the war will be far from over. With Gadhafi supporters still adamant about following any other leader coupled with the current state of chaos and disorganization, organization within the Arab country is still a long way to come.
With many like me, happy with the news that he is finally away from Libya I would still love to see justice being delivered. This is by him being sought after and made to pay for the massive crimes against humanity. Dictatorial leadership is on the spot and should be abandoned by any country uses such administration.