Saddam and Qaddafi
I thought they wouldn’t catch him for a long time. Saddam took seven months after the liberation of the whole country. However, both were hiding underground in a tunnel near their home towns. Interesting? It strikes me that Q could have gotten away if he wanted to but that he wanted to fight to the end and be there in Sirte to rally his troops. He believed in his ideology. He said he would die in Libya.
He also said that Libya would be the world’s only popular (i.e. local) democracy without mediation through representative bodies. And that has come about to an amazing extent. Qaddafian ideology has culminated in his being killed like a rat by his people in their attempt to actualize a kind of freedom which resembles the freedom that Qaddafi preached but did not practice.
The world is an interesting and paradoxical place!
I discuss this more in my Foreign Policy article, but they truncated a lot of the best bits. So, I hope to figure out where I can restate more of my views on this point:
Crossing into Libya—How I survived interrogation by the militias and sustainable development consultants.
Libya’s Challenge: Not Rebuilding, But Creating a Nation—Miraculously, the 17 million documents stored at the Libyan Studies Centre concerning Libya’s 20th century history have all survived both the war and Gaddafi’s attempts to use and abuse history to buttress his claim to power.