When Muammar Muhammad Gaddafi became ruler of Libya, he took advantage of everything he could, leaving Libya in a horrific state of poverty. This was all because he wanted wealth and he wanted power. Libya is now left to pick up the pieces and start again.
Muammar Muhammad Gaddafi, who we know by the name of Gaddafi was born in Surt, Libya in 1942. Libya gained independence in 1951 under a Western leader, King Idris. Gaddafi joined the military. After graduating, Gaddafi slowly rose through the ranks of the military. King Idris became a man who many disliked so Gaddafi became involved with a movement of young officers who tried to overthrow the king. On September 1st, 1969, Gaddafi staged a coup to seize control, King Idris was overthrown. Gaddafi was named commander in chief of the armed forces and at the age of 27, Gaddafi had become the ruler of Libya. He gained support in the early days of his rule but his corruption, military interference in Africa and human rights abuse turned a lot of the Libyan population against him, as he was accused of supporting terrorism. In the last decade of his rule, after Gaddafi and his government were nearly overthrown they he spent months on the run, until October 20, 2011 when Gaddafi was killed in his hometown.
This man was in power for 42 years, he lived the majority of his life as a ruler. He was a wealthy man who let nothing stand in his way. For many of these years he abused the rights a leader should have, he took advantage of his power. Libya was a place great for oil, Gaddafi knew this and he soon took it away from other countries, when he did this he did it for himself. Gaddafi was a selfish man, and the income that he received from this oil he used for his own good. Libya was struggling, for food, for water for the bare necessities but Gaddafi would not give them these things. The country had the money, they had more than enough but Gaddafi saw it as his and would not share.
He shut down American and British military bases in Libya, has he thought they would be better off on their own and he wanted to be fully independent. He did not want help from anyone; Gaddafi had a mindset that he would be able to do all things himself, with the help of his close friends and family. He made sure of this by making his government only friends and family, these where the people in power, these where the people he trusted and believed in, the people who would never betray him no bad things got.
A man with great power that turned monststrous just like Gaddafi had no right to be in power, I believe that to be a ruler you need to lead your country into victory not into poverty. Gaddafi didn’t quite get his country to victory and I don’t believe that what he did to his country was fair at all. He was a human being who misunderstood what it meant to be in power. Gaddafi’s body was put on display in a meat room, it was open to the public, this is disgusting and no human being deserves that no matter what they have done.
– by Ally Reid, 10ENG