By IKEDDY ISIGUZO, Chairman Editorial Board
EUPHORIA has its place, as Libyanswould find out soon. When a man rules a country absolutely for 42 years it is not easy to do without him whether he was booted out of office, he died or was killed.
When that man is Brother Leader Muammar Muhammad Abu Minyar al-Gaddafi, variously known as Colonel Gaddafi, Kaddafi, Qadhafi, AL Gathafi (in his official website), Al Qaddafi, Algathafi, Al-Gathafi, Al-Gaddafi (for his International Prize for Human Rights, in fact more than 112 ways of spelling his name have been identified, then there must be controversies.
Here are some of the spellings of the same name of the same man – Qaddafi, Muammar
Al-Gathafi, Muammar, al-Qadhafi, Muammar, Qathafi, Mu’ammar, Al Qathafi, Muammar, El Gaddafi, Moamar El Kadhafi, Moammar El Kazzafi, Moamer El Qathafi, Mu’Ammar Gadafi, Muammar Gaddafi, Moamar Gadhafi, Mo’ammar Gathafi, Muammar Ghadafi, Muammar Ghaddafi, Muammar Ghaddafy, Muammar, Muammar Gheddafi, Muhammar Kadaffi, Momar Kad’afi, Mu‘amar al-Kaddafi, Muamar Kaddafi, Muammar Kadhafi, Moammar Kadhafi, Mouammar Kazzafi, Moammar Khadafy, Moammar Khaddafi, Muammar Moamar al-Gaddafi Moamar el Gaddafi, Moamar El Kadhafi Moamar, Gaddafi Moamer El Kazzafi, Mo’ammar el-Gadhafi Moammar, El Kadhafi Mo’ammar, Gadhafi Moammar Kadhafi, Moammar Khadafy Moammar, Qudhafi Mu‘amar al-Kad’afi, Mu’amar al-Kadafi Muamar, Al-Kaddafi Muamar Kaddafi, Muamer Gadafi, Muammar Al-Gathafi, Muammar al-Khaddafi, Mu’ammar al-Qadafi, Mu’ammar al-Qaddafi, Muammar al-Qadhafi, Mu’ammar al-Qadhdhafi, Mu‘ammar al-Qadhdha-fi-, Mu’ammar Al Qathafi, Muammar Al Qathafi, Muammar Gadafi, Muammar Gaddafi, Muammar Ghadafi, Muammar Ghaddafi.
Other variants of his names are, Muammar Ghaddafy, Muammar Gheddafi, Muammar Kaddafi, Muammar Khaddafi, Mu’ammar Qadafi, Muammar Qaddafi, Muammar Qadhafi, Mu’ammar Qadhdhafi, Muammar Quathafi, Mulazim Awwal Mu’ammar Muhammad Abu Minyar al-Qadhafi Qadafi, Mu’ammar Qadhafi, Muammar Qadhdha-fi-, Mu‘ammar Qathafi, Mu’Ammar elQuathafi, Muammar Qudhafi, Moammar Moamar AI Kadafi, Maummar Gaddafi, Moamar Gadhafi, Moamer Gaddafi, Moamer Kadhafi, Moamma Gaddafi, Moammar Gaddafi, Moammar Gadhafi, Moammar Ghadafi, Moammar Khadaffy, Moammar Khaddafi, Moammar el Gadhafi, Moammer Gaddafi, Mouammer al Gaddafi, Muamar Gaddafi, Muammar Al Ghaddafi, Muammar Al Qaddafi, Muammar Al Qaddafi, Muammar El Qaddafi, Muammar Gadaffi, Muammar Gadafy, Muammar Gaddhafi, Muammar Gadhafi, Muammar Ghadaffi, Muammar Qadthafi, Muammar al Gaddafi, Muammar el Gaddafy.
Then there are these: Muammar el Gaddafi, Muammar el Qaddafi, Muammer Gadaffi, Muammer Gaddafi, Mummar Gaddafi, Omar Al Qathafi, Omar Mouammer Al Gaddafi, Omar Muammar Al Ghaddafi, Omar Muammar Al Qaddafi, Omar Muammar Al Qathafi, Omar Muammar Gaddafi, Omar Muammar Ghaddafi, or Omar al Ghaddafi.
A diplomatic passport of his eldest son Mohammed bore the name Gathafi. A man with as many names was billed to run and ruin his country in the manner that his head ran.
Gathafi never shunned controversies, he craved them, and founded them to sustain his ambitions of leadership of Africa and the Arab world.
From a coup that removed King Idris 42 years ago, and unleashed his dictatorship, Gathafi is dead because he became a thorn in the flesh of the United States and Europe, which have more concerns about the instability that a Gathafi poses for steady supply of oil to them than the interests of Libyans. What has Gathafi done to his people that President Bashar al Assad is not doing in Syria? Will international forces invade Syria and take out Assad? They will not. Assad is a US ally and strategic partner. The standards for human rights evaluation of his regimes and others that support the US must be different.
Gathafi was his own problem. When he called his people rodents, when he lost touch with the fact that there must be end to dictatorship, he sold himself to death. He, however, must be praised for keeping to his words that he would rather die than leave Libya. He was killed to make Libya work after the Gathafi years. Like Osama bin Laden, nobody was comfortable to put him on trial.
The madness in the coming days should be frightening. In 42 years, Gathafi left enough structures to ensure Libya could not run without him. The infrastructure that he built over the years has been destroyed in an avoidable war.
Gathafi’s death leaves huge businesses for American interests. Billions of dollars would be required for reconstruction. There would be need for a new Libyan army, and the USA would run the show until it agrees that Libya has stabilised.
What did Gathafi do to Libya? It would be difficult to tell. Here are some of the glaring statistics. In a country of 6.6 million people (July 2011 estimates), more than half is 15 years and under, more than 85 per cent of the population is below 50 years old, meaning that 5.61 million do not know any other leader than Gathafi.
The process of reconstructing the mind is the most dangerous of the phases that Libya will pass through. It would reveal the most damaging aspects of dictatorships. Libyans dread the backlash of Gathafi’s supporters, a fear that may be unreal but good enough to give the United States and its allies, without whose support Gathafi would not have lasted this long, reasons to stay on in Libya.
The days ahead will testify in full force, the decrementing reaches of dictatorship in Libya, and the roles world powers played in keeping a man who preached racism, hatred, religious bigotry and Arab supremacy at different times, messages he believed would promote his ambitions of being a world leaders.
He became a leader in the realms of dictators.