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Gaddafi, Muammar (1942–2011)

  • Horace CampbellEmail author
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Muammar Mohammed Abu Minyar Gaddafi (the name of the late President of Libya has been alternately spelled as “Moammar/Muammar Gadaffi/Gaddafi/Gathafi/Kadafi/Kaddafi/Khadafy/Qadhafi/Qathafi”. For the purposes of this article, the name will be spelt as Gaddafi, except when quoting the name from other sources) was born in 1942 near Qasr Abu Hadi, a rural area outside the town of Sirte, in western Libya. He joined the ancestors on October 20, 2011, after being captured alive, sodomized, and killed in cold blood. Days after his brutal killing, NATO announced that it was its most successful military operation ever. The lessons of the life and death of Gaddafi open may avenues for an understanding of imperialism and anti-imperialism at the end of the twentieth century. Gaddafi’s tenure as President of Libya after the 1969 coup d’etat can be compared to leaders such as Sukarno of Indonesia, Saddam Hussein of Iraq, and Gamal Nasser of Egypt who were anti-imperialists in their...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Syracuse UniversitySyracuseUSA