Some would - The Cyrenaica eastern region which contains Benghazi and the Tripolitania western region which contains Tripoli have historically been rivals for influence in the country, even in the times of the monarchy, so some portions of the east were bastions of support for King Idris, and some others were bitter Sirte was treated as Libya's second city rather than Benghazi under Qaddafi. The bulk were just Islamists who are today running training camps for jihadist militants between Benghazi and Derna, and south Libya has become, according to Libyan, Nigerien, and Chadian officials, the new headquarters for Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.
Excellent comment, Heisenberg. That sums up the weight of the media spin machine and intellectual criticism leveled at Qaddafi. He was a crazy man because he wore traditional clothes and insisted on sleeping in a tent on foreign visits.
So what? It's a shame every country can't be administered by someone who resembles a middle management pencil pusher and reads off cue cards. Qaddafi was one of the last "real" leaders around, warts and all, which is why stuffed shirts like Jibril complicit with the implementation of the neoliberal socio-economic program on a global scale were keen on taking him out.
Not because of anything to do with atrocities, when some of those who joined the leadership of the NTC served under Qaddafi for decades and were later effectively bought by the West. More died in Egypt today than in the initial stages of the insurgency in Libya. Qaddafi erroneously believed that partial liberalization in limited spheres of Libya in a post-Soviet world along with cooperation with U.S., British, and general Western intelligence against Islamists after the turning point that was the 9/11 attacks would make him and the country safer, but in fact it brought them closer to the lion's den and it was a miscalculation. Hopefully Syria will learn from the lesson and promptly reverse any economic or political liberalization of the country, however minimal, which took place pre-war in the post-Cold War world following Hafez al-Assad's death. Don't insult anyone's intelligence by bringing a discussion about how an entire nation was brought to destruction and ruin for no good reason round to making puerile comments about what Qaddafi called himself or his fashion style.
Here's a novel idea - Cameron, Obama, Hollande, and yes, even Xi Jinping, look like businessmen because they represent and in a sense, are
businessmen. When did that form of Western dress become internationally standardized? Qaddafi looked like the majority of his people - a tribal Libyan - Because that is who he was and who he represented.
But the events in Libya in 2011, many of which were either planned for or orchestrated beforehand, as we now know to be the case in Syria as well, have to be viewed within the context of a broader history of events in which this was simply the ultimate culmination.
Guy Arnold, The Maverick State - Gaddafi and the New World Order p. 86 wrote:The extent of enmity in the West toward Gaddafi was highlighted in 1989 when Gaddafi claimed that Western security agencies had tried to destroy him in 1980. An Italian inquiry had revealed that the shooting down of an Italian domestic flight, IH870, from Bologna to Palermo on 27 June 1980, had been in mistake for the aeroplane carrying Gaddafi on the same flight path on his way to Warsaw. The Libyan jet turned sharply eastwards just north of Sicily; then the Italian jet was hit by a missile and all 81 passengers were killed. The evidence at this time came from the confession of an Italian military radar technician. The story resurfaced at the beginning of 1996 when documents seized from the retired head of the Italian counter-espionage service, Demetrio Cogliandro, revealed that the Italian DC-9 was caught in the wrong place during an attempt by NATO fighters to blast Colonel Muammar Gaddafi out of the skies with a missile.
According to the story French and U.S. jets launched an operation to kill the Libyan leader but panicked when attacked by escorting MiGs; then, when the civilian airliner came in range, a French Mirage fighter fired without checking the plane's identity. General Cogliandro's papers describe how one one MiG was shot down and how subsequently five U.S. P-3 Orions searched the rugged Calabrian countryside, in vain, to find the fuselage. When the plane was eventually found pressure was applied to the doctors who examined the body not to reveal the cause of death. General Coglioandro then blames the then Italian Prime Minister, Francesco Cossiga, for the cover-up that followed. Not many leaders of Third World countries have been targeted in such a fashion by the West.
Interesting that Lockerbie gets so much more traction and airtime than that though, eh?
"I am never guided by a possible assessment of my work" - President Vladimir Putin
"Nations whose nationalism is destroyed are subject to ruin." - Muammar Qaddafi