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Symbolic Gaddafi Sculpture Destroyed By Rebels

23 AUG 2011
 
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First photo of Gaddafi statue captured by forces

The self named “Brotherly Leader of the Revolution” or “Premier Terrorist Financier of the 1980s,” Col. Muammar al-Gaddafi’s rule is finally coming to an end. His gaudy compound has now been breeched and it is only a matter of hours before this rebellion has ended.  It’s no surprise, that a key monument in the form of a giant gold fist crushing a U.S. fighter plane is smashed by the determined rebel soldiers. In 1986, the Reagan Administration linked Gaddafi to the bombing of a German discotheque and in retaliation, bombed Libyan military facilities and a residential area, killing 101 Libyans and one of his young sons. After commissioning this sculpture, Gaddafi  financed the 1988 bombing of Pan Am flight 103. This symbolic sculpture has now been all but destroyed by the rebels. A lifesize,  golden, gilded statue of Muammar al-Gaddaf, a symbol to the suffering of the Libyan people was also toppled, in similar circumstances to the toppling of the Saddam Hussein statue in Bagdad, during the Iraq power struggle. The head was decapitated and kicked around like a football and than hit with shoes by the jubilant rebels.
Lets hope this ends in a democracy and not the mess of the Iraq 'error of judgement' by the Bush and Blair administration. At least this battle was rebel led and Nato took a back seat in the overthrow.

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