Muammar Gaddafi: The Mad Dog of the Middle East

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below! Long before Kim Jong-Un became the go-to tyrant
for five star absurdity, there was another dictator on the block. Muammar al-Gaddafi ruled Libya for 42 years
with an iron fist wrapped in a sequined glove so garish it would’ve put Liberace to shame. His flamboyant reign was famous for its absurdity. For every headline relating to his terrorist
activities, there were maybe a dozen more about his plastic surgery addiction or all-female
bodyguard troupe. By the time Gaddafi was overthrown in 2011,
he was less feared than he was simply mocked. But behind the monstrous vanity lay a man
who was simply a monster. Rape in Gaddafi’s Libya was institutionalized. Mass executions were broadcast on TV. Dissidents were executed and their bodies
kept in freezers for the self-styled “King of All Kings” to visit at his leisure. But such depraved behavior wasn’t created
in a vacuum, it was only thanks to Libya’s tortured history that Gaddafi was able to
imprint his psychosis on his nation. Today, we’re exploring how the life of the
“Mad Dog of the Middle East”. Origins – the Boy and the Master Most histories of Gaddafi start at the obvious
place: the sweltering June day in 1942 when he was born in a nomad’s tent near the dusty
fishing village of Sirte. But to really understand Gaddafi, you have
to go back further, all the way to September 28, 1911. That’s the day Italian warships appeared
off the coast of Tripoli. It was the beginning of the Italian occupation,
and the beginning of Libya’s very own reign of terror. For the next few decades, Libya was not a
nice place to be anything other than a pureblood Italian. Natives were worked to death in squalid labor
camps, while resistance fighters were brutally executed in public. The whole ghastly horror show only ended when
the Allies booted Italy from North Africa in 1943. By that point, over a third of all Libyans
had been murdered by their colonizers. If Gaddafi was cruel, it’s because he was
born into a world where cruelty was the only currency. That being said, the boy himself missed the
worst of it. With British help, King Idris of Cyrenaica
seized power in 1951, joining the three colonies of Italian Libya into modern Libya and ushering
in a period of peace. Not that young Gaddafi had it easy. His family were poor Bedouins. He lived in a tent. His only formal schooling was meant to be
learning the Quran. It’s only because he showed promise that
he was sent on to basic school. Presumably, his family hoped he was destined
for great things. Spoiler alert: that’s foreshadowing. While young Gaddafi was at school, scraping
his knees and carving his name onto desks, Libya was sinking into a mire of poverty. King Idris was selling land to the US Army
in return for cash in his family pockets, which was as popular as you’d expect. While this sort of naked corruption was humiliating
for ordinary Libyans, it was just a symptom of the broader malaise gripping the Arab world. With culture in decline, and the rich looting
their countries, the average Arab was looking for a champion, someone to make them feel
proud again. Enter Nasser. Colonel Gamal Abdel Nasser is a man who could
fill a dozen Biographics videos just by himself. The new ruler of Egypt following a bloodless
coup in 1952, he was the guy about to light the spark of Arab nationalism and send it
exploding across the region. In June 1956, he finally did. Furious with the British military presence
in his nation, and angry at the new state of Israel on his borders, he nationalized
the British-owned Suez Canal. So the British joined forces with France and
Israel and invaded, triggering the Suez Crisis. The whole Suez Crisis is a beyond our scope
here, so let’s just skip ahead to the ending. Israel, France and Britain lost the Canal. Although their loss was more to do with the
US yelling at them “get out now, you idiots, or you’re gonna spark WWIII!” that’s
certainly not how the Arab world saw it. Overnight, Nasser became a sensation. Combined with his working-class roots, poverty
reduction programs, and desire for Arab unity, he became a hero to millions. Among those newly inspired was teenage Gaddafi. Still in school, he watched the Suez Crisis
unfold with the sort of mixture of awe and excitement your parents felt watching the
moon landing. As with so many others, Nasser’s boldness,
his ambition lit a fire in Gaddafi’s soul. Before the Suez Crisis was over, he’d been
expelled from school for political agitation. But if you think a simple expulsion is gonna
halt Gaddafi’s new ambition to be the Libyan Nasser, are you in for a surprise. The Libyan Nasser Five years after his expulsion, young Gaddafi
managed to finagle his way into the military academy in Benghazi. He did so for the express reason of staging
a Nasserite coup. Seriously, he even brought a loyal group of
school friends along with him, all of whom donned uniform for the first time on the understanding
that they’d soon be overthrowing the government. Albeit, not quite yet. For eight years, Gaddafi and his co-conspirators
did nothing more than slowly rise up the army ranks. Gaddafi was made a captain and briefly trained
in the UK. He met the American ambassador, who astutely
noted that the young soldier’s intelligence was only matched by his extraordinary emotional
instability. By 1963, Gaddafi had established a secret
Free Officers society in the army, modeled after Nasser’s old coup-planning team. By 1965, it had expanded its membership far
beyond his childhood friends, becoming the army club to join. Now convinced destiny was on his side, Gaddafi
simply needed a sign that Libya was ready for an uprising. In 1967, he got it. On June 5, long-simmering tensions between
Israel and its Arab neighbors finally reached boiling point. The resulting Six Day War saw Israel wipe
the floor with Egypt, Syria, and Jordan while barely breaking sweat. For our story though, it was the reaction
in Libya that mattered. Angered at such epic Arab humiliation, the
populace rioted. It was the first major sign of dissent against
Idris’s rule, until now Libyans had been almost uniquely undemonstrative in the Arab
world. For Gaddafi’s Free Officers, it was the
sign they’d been looking for. In August 1969, King Idris made the fateful
decision to go to Turkey for medical treatment. While he was out the country, the Free Officers
quietly seized control. When Libya awoke on September 1, it was to
a new regime. The monarchy had been toppled in a bloodless
coup, and the Free Officers now ruled via the Revolutionary Command Council, with Gaddafi
as its chair. Aged just 27, the Bedouin boy born in a tent
became de-facto ruler of Libya. So, given what we know about Gaddafi, how
was the coup received at the time? Surprisingly, rather well. Most Libyans embraced it. While Idris had been popular with his clan,
most others felt his rule had been weak and ineffective. And Gaddafi wasn’t just being vain calling
himself the Libyan Nasser, ordinary Libyans really were crying out for a pan-Arab champion
to restore their pride and drag them into the modern world. Even on the international scene, the reaction
was mostly warm. Henry Kissinger was willing to accept Gaddafi’s
insistence that the US abandon its Libyan bases on the basis that the new leader was
at least an anti-Communist. In fact, the only group who turned out to
be unhappy with the idea of a Gaddafi-led coup were the Free Officers themselves, who
tried to stage yet another coup in December to replace Gaddafi. They were quickly crushed. As the sun dawned on the new decade, it was
on a Libya that was now totally under Gaddafi’s control. The Master’s Death – the Wheels Fall Off The 1970s saw Libya get off to a fresh start
that was if not exactly good, then not utterly terrible. Following Nasser’s lead, the now Colonel
Gaddafi nationalized key assets like petroleum production, made education free, and distributed
money to the poor. Also like his hero, Gaddafi expelled the Jews,
along with all remaining descendants of the Italian colonists. It’s here that we get our first glimpse
of the man Gaddafi would become. For the new Libyan leader, it wasn’t enough
that the Italians simply left, they had to be humiliated. He forced all those going into exile to dig
up the corpses of their dead from the graveyards and take them with them. That very literal caravan of death must have
been a chilling sight. However, this was all small potatoes. The outside world paid little attention to
Libya, even the Arab world. At least, until September 28, 1970. That was the day that a massive heart attack
felled Gamal Abdel Nasser. The master was gone. It was a tough time for the Arab world, probably
made tougher by Gaddafi’s loud instance that he was Nasser’s heir and would lead
them all from now on. While the Middle East mourned its hero, the
Libyan upstart began pulling all sorts of tricks, from starting a war with Chad, to
getting thousands of Libyan youths to storm the border with Egypt, waving petitions inked
in their own blood demanding the unification of Libya and Egypt. Mad as this was, there was still a chance
at this stage that Gaddafi might wind up being, well, kinda OK. He’d made reforms, and nationalized petroleum
meant money to spend on bribing the mostly nomadic populace with clean drinking water
and irrigation ditches. Yet the clues to his future madness were still
there, if you knew where to look: inside Gaddafi’s Green Book. Released in 1974, the Green Book remains a
work like no other. An explanation of Gaddafi’s political philosophy,
it’s a heady mix of utopianism, Arab nationalism, Islamism, socialism, tribal values, and a
great huge dollop of xenophobia, all thrown together in a way that doesn’t really make
any sense. That may be why, when Gaddafi declared Libya
the Green Book’s prophesized utopian government the Great Jamahiriyah in 1977, only Burkina
Faso ever seemed enthusiastic. The rest of the Arab world simply shrugged. Well, almost. Gaddafi’s Green Book prophesized that other
Arab powers would be so jealous of the Jamahiriyah that they would try to destroy it. So, in July 1977, he attacked Egypt first
before they could attack him. Only it turned out Egypt never intended to
attack, but now they were in this war they were damned if they were gonna lose it. 500 dead later, the world had a very good
indication that Gaddafi’s Jamahiriyah did not intend to play nice. The Mad Dog By the end of the 1970s, it was clear what
way the winds were blowing. Frustrated by the end of his dreams of becoming
the next Nasser, Gaddafi instead settled for becoming notorious on his own insane terms. Inside Libya, this meant a return to the repression
of the Italian era, only with a weirdness unique to Gaddafi. Cinemas, music concerts, and football matches
were all banned, followed by anywhere else where people could plot against the regime. Music was designated Western imperialism,
and a great bonfire of musical instruments burned in Tripoli’s central square. On the economic front, rampant corruption
led to supermarkets so empty that there were frequent, deadly food riots. Not that you could complain, of course. Complaining meant becoming another victim
in the mass executions broadcast day and night on public TV, another victim to be humiliated
then brutally slaughtered. Gaddafi may have expelled the Italian colonizers,
but he kept the cruelest of their methods. Outside Libya, this was also when Gaddafi
began throwing money at every extremist group on the planet. So it was Semtex for the IRA, weapons for
the Black Panthers, and money for the ANC. Yes, the same ANC led by Nelson Mandela, at
that point still sitting in prison. Remember that, ‘cause it’ll be important
later. As 1981 shuddered into view, Libya had basically
gone mad. The death toll of the ongoing war in Chad
was brutalizing the whole society, now also crumbling under a British-led economic embargo. It was around this time that Gaddafi first
appeared on American screens, when US warships were forced to shoot down two Libyan jets
over the Gulf of Sirte. It was the first military clash between America
and an Arab power in modern times. As you already know, it wouldn’t be the
last. Fast becoming an international pariah, Gaddafi
doubled down. In the early 1980s, he made a public speech
in which he called Libyans living abroad “stray dogs” who would be hunted down. He also promised to bring chaos to Europe,
a promise he quickly fulfilled. It would take the rest of our time today to
give you a running timeline of Gaddafi’s atrocities over the next few years. Suffice to say they were numerous and shocking. A highlights, or maybe a lowlights reel might
go something like this: April 1984. A submachinegun fires out the window of the
Libyan embassy in London, injuring 11 anti-Gaddafi protestors and killing 25 year old policewoman
Yvonne Fletcher. December 1985. Arab terrorists funded by Libya launch simultaneous
gun attacks on Rome and Vienna airports, killing 19 and wounding 138. Their targets were Jewish passengers. April 1986. Libyan intelligence bombs a West Berlin nightclub
frequented by US soldiers. 2 soldiers and a Turkish civilian die, while
nearly 230 are injured. It was this last one that finally made the
international community take action. Faced with dead American soldiers, Ronald
Reagan authorized a bombing run on Tripoli, intended to take out Gaddafi himself. Just days after the bomb went off in Berlin,
American jets streaked across the pale blue Libyan skies, raining missiles onto the capital. In his compound, Mad Dog Gaddafi was shaken
to life by an enormous explosion. Staggering outside, he supposedly found the
bomb crater that had been meant for him. Near its smoking remains lay the torn and
bloodied body of his adopted daughter. The American bombs may have failed in their
goal of killing the dictator, but they at least seemed to shake him to his senses. Attacks on Europe faltered. In 1987, Gaddafi officially ended the war
in Chad. In 1988, he even mimicked Gorbachev’s Perestroika
reforms in the Soviet Union, allowing capitalism back into Libya and personally standing atop
a bulldozer that smashed down the wall of a jail in Tripoli, freeing hundreds of political
prisoners. At the time, it looked like a cynical ploy
for winning back the hearts of a population he’d abused for so long. Now we know the Mad Dog was likely just playing
for time. Shortly after 6pm on December 21 that year,
Pan Am Flight 103 took off from Heathrow Airport in London. It flew upwards, over Britain, until it reached
the skies above the village of Lockerbie, Scotland. There, it disappeared from radar screens. When a control tower tried to signal it, only
silence returned. We all know what had happened. At two minutes past seven, a Libyan bomb exploded
in the hold of Pan Am 103, killing all 259 onboard. Flaming wreckage then crashed down onto Lockerbie,
killing a further 11 people on the ground. In the aftermath of the bombing, it took an
international investigation two years to pin the blame on Libya. By that time, Gaddafi’s agents had already
downed another aircraft, the French operated UTA Flight 772, which exploded over Niger
in 1989, killing 170. In 1992, the UN instigated a harsh sanctions
regime against Tripoli. It was the beginning of Gaddafi’s total
isolation from the world. Now just before we get into the effects of
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isolation problem. The ‘90s – Isolation If Gaddafi had begun 1988 trying to emulate
the reformist zeal of Gorbachev, he entered the 1990s an isolated madman, no longer caring
what the world thought. It’s around this time that some of the darkest
characteristics of the Mad Dog began to emerge. There are tales of secret, soundproofed chambers
built into public buildings across Tripoli. If Gaddafi happened to be visiting and saw
a girl he liked, she would be slipped away and locked in these rooms until he was ready
to come and rape her. Those who disappointed him were never heard
from again. Those he liked might become one of his all-female
bodyguard retinue. Then there are the young boys. They were all underage, all pretty, in their
own way. Kept caged beneath his compound, they formed
what became euphemistically known as “the Services Group”, a gang of child sex slaves
the dictator could use whenever he wanted. Finally, there are the tales of the freezers. After the 2011 revolution, a large group of
ice rooms were discovered below Gaddafi’s palace. Inside each one lay some rival who’d been
killed on the Mad Dog’s orders. Some had been there for over 25 years. It’s said Gaddafi would often come down
here in the night, and touch their frozen corpses, to be reminded again of his omnipotence. Of his God-like power over life and death. These tales don’t even begin to scratch
the surface of the regime’s horrors in the ‘90s. There’s the day in 1996 when guards walked
into Abu Salim political prison in Tripoli, dropped grenades into the cells, and killed
1,270 men. Or the extreme methods used to crackdown on
those who began a tribal rebellion against his rule in 1993. Or the way the sanctions bit so hard that
speculating in water became punishable by death. All in all, Libya in the 1990s was as great
a horror show as during the Italian occupation. Perhaps greater. Yet Gaddafi still retained one unlikely friend. Remember that mention of Nelson Mandela a
few moments ago? Now free, Mandela spent most of the ‘90s
trying to talk his onetime sponsor into turning over the Lockerbie bombers. In 1999, the South African statesman managed
to extract both a promise to do just that from Gaddafi, and an apology for the murder
of Yvonne Fletcher back in 1984. But it would be a world-changing event that
finally brought Gaddafi in from the cold. In the aftermath of 9/11, he became the first
Arab leader to offer both condolences and practical military support to the USA. Suddenly, in the crazy new War on Terror era,
Mad Dog Gaddafi didn’t seem such a bad guy after all. The Last Decade – The Statesman, and the
Revolution For the relatives of Gaddafi’s many victims,
the Noughties were like falling through the Looking Glass. After Libya paid reparations to the Lockerbie
families, the UN lifted its sanctions. Then, in 2004, Gaddafi suddenly announced
Libya was giving up all its chemical and biological weapons. As a reward, both the George Bush and Tony
Blair governments began encouraging business investment in Libya. The UK’s MI6 even kidnapped the families
of two Libyan dissidents from Bangkok and handed them over to Tripoli with a note saying
“thank you”. This new, international phase for Gaddafi
was marked by him formally turning his back on the Arab world. In a public speech, he begged God to keep
the Arabs out of Libya. It seemed that, if he couldn’t be the Nasser
of the Arabs, then Gaddafi would settle for being the Nasser of another people. From the mid-2000s on, Gaddafi began laying
the ground for his final, quixotic dream: a United States of Africa. This Africa would have one passport, one external
border, one army… and one ruler. Care to guess who he thought was the man for
the job? Most African leaders unsurprisingly dismissed
the Mad Dog’s latest fantasy, but not all. In 2008, Gaddafi managed to convince over
200 African kings and tribal chiefs to crown him the “King of Kings” of all of Africa. It was classic Gaddafi pageantry, but it did
have immediate consequences. As a show of good will, he threw Libya’s
borders open to all Africans. The result was four and a half million Arab
and Muslim Libyans resentfully being forced to share their country with a million and
a half Christian Africans. While the USAfrica never went anywhere, the
decade ended with Libya on its best international footing since 1969. In 2009, Gaddafi even managed to use his diplomatic
clout to have the Lockerbie bomber freed on compassionate grounds. All in all, things were looking up for the
monster of the Maghreb. He was the longest-serving non-royal leader
on Earth. He had friends in Europe and America. The petro-money was pouring in. Gaddafi in 2010 looked unstoppable. And he might have been, were it not for an
anonymous Tunisian street vendor named Mohamed Bouazizi. On December 17, 2010, Bouazizi set himself
on fire to protest his harassment by Tunisian authorities. He died of his wounds a couple of weeks later,
but his suicide led to large-scale protests that forced Tunisia’s autocratic ruler from
power. The Arab Spring was here, and it was about
to hit Libya like a hurricane. If you’re of a certain age, you may remember
what happened next. Gaddafi was so sure his people loved him that
he was caught completely on the backfoot when the country exploded in revolt on February
15, 2011. Benghazi fell, then the rest of the east. Finally aware of what was happening, Gaddafi
dropped the mask of moderation he’d worn since 9/11. The Mad Dog came roaring back, and he was
hungry for blood. As the world watched on, the Libyan Army began
rolling towards Benghazi. Those inside were trapped. Fearing an impending massacre, NATO stepped
in. A no-fly zone quickly turned into bombing
runs against Gaddafi’s units. With Western airpower now on their side, the
rebels broke out of Benghazi and pushed West. In no time at all, Gaddafi’s forces were
in retreat. The resulting civil war lasted 8 months, and
killed somewhere in the region of 20,000 people. In its end days, the world witnessed all of
Gaddafi’s worst impulses. He ordered the starvation of Misurata in a
horrifying siege. His jailers tortured prisoners to death. His soldiers were given orders to rape civilians. Yet Gaddafi simply couldn’t counter NATO’s
airpower. By the end of summer, he was in hiding in
Sirte – the one time fishing village he’d been born outside, now transformed by four
decades of his patronage into a bustling city. On October 20, 2011, rebel fighters finally
overran its defenses. Gaddafi was found hiding in a storm drain,
his flamboyant clothes soaked with blood and excrement, surrounded by rubbish and cowering
like a rat. Sadly, in Libya, cruelty still remained the
currency. As Gaddafi whimpered “what’s this, my
sons? What are you doing?” he was surrounded by
a jeering crowd. One soldier took his bayonet and sodomized
the dictator with it, slicing his insides open. As phones were waved to record his last moments,
gunshots rang out. The crowd panicked. The images went blurry. When they finally refocused, Gaddafi was dead,
nothing more than a bloodied corpse in the back of a truck. The first and last King of All Africa was
no more. Today, some seven years after Gaddafi’s
unceremonious execution, Libya is a mess of tribal conflict and deadly instability. There are at least five groups in control
of swathes of the country, on top of countless militia. Over 10,000 have died since the post-Gaddafi
settlement collapsed in 2014, making it one of the worst wars currently raging. In the end, perhaps all Gaddafi really did
was hold his country back. For a nation forged in the cruelty of the
Italian occupation, the cruelty of the Gaddafi regime led only naturally to the cruelty of
today’s conflict. Maybe under a different leader Libya could
have been something more. As with so much in history, we will likely
never know.

  1. Just to clarify something, the title of the episode "Mad Dog of the Middle East" is a reference to a quote from Ronald Reagan. Apparently "Mad Dog of North Africa" just didn't have the same ring to it.

  2. In this part of the world you have a choice between warlords controlling dozens of different regions constantly at war with the others and beheading whomever they don't like, or a dictator who keeps peace and in this case prosperity although with blood in his hands. There's really no other choice. Gaddafi was probably the most lesser evil Lybia had ever known.

  3. Just an int, but the death of Gaddafi might have something to do with the money he handed over to Nicolas Sarkozy for his 2007 campain. The French army was there and Sarkozy the president in 2011.

  4. Perfect example of why you don't topple a despot and leave no one to replace him. A horrible ruler is better than a power vacuum where no group has enough strength to take full power thus leaving nothing more than a constant killing field. That's what happen in Iraq after the second Golf war, the people there fully expected the US to install a ruler after just like any other local force would have. Sadly you can't rule everyone on Earth the same exact way due to culture and religion you have to tailor the government to the people being governed or you get the mess that is most of Africa or the Middle east. Tragic how good will can lead to an even worse evil than what you just removed.

  5. Democracy just doesn't work in the middle east and arab countris where the culture is highly patriarchal and where the countries have been ruled by centuries old dynasties. Either kings or dictators who can keep the minorities in check or utter chaos like in this 21st century. Imho just nuke the shithole and connect the Indian ocean and Mediterranean Sea.

  6. I'm a big fan of your videos but this video is a bit one-sided. You said that "he hold his country back". Really? He was certainly a crazy person, but if you take a look at the development of the country, you see that he achieved many things during his rule. Take look at the videos made at the beginning of the uprising. Take a look at the infrastructure and the cars. The standard was much higher than in neighboring countries. During his rule there was huge progress in education, housing or health institutions.

  7. Democracy will never work in middle east, people there are wild and they enjoy a strong hand controling them…

  8. I can still remember our CO Commander "Moon" Simmons letting us watch in the ready room the gun camera videos of the Libyan gun boats being shot up in the Gulf of Sidra.

  9. He was the Mad Dog but he also held back the floodgates, that burst open, after he was overthrown and eventually killed.

  10. Over the last 240 yrs America and Europe has been the equivalent of a thousand Muammars…so what if he killed his enemies in his own country, America has done the same thing…sounds like Muammar was a threat to Global White Supremacy and Zionism and he wanted to make Africa a global power and get revenge for the rape of Africa…REST IN POWER Muammar Al Gathafi

  11. The only reason they killed him was he was going to do away with the us dollar and go to the gold dinear. Most of the north African countries were backing him

  12. europe is already paying for the murder of a great man like Col. Gadaffi, Lybia is a 1000 times worse today without him. a chaos of bloodshed and violence than US and its NATO goons brought over the innocent lybian people.

  13. Yeah North Africa and the Middle East need big monstrous dictatorships to keep down the religious nuts.. See isis boko haram etc growing after the dictators were toppled

  14. Beyond states are power helping those Rebels overthrow canopy with the greatest mistake United States has made since Vietnam because look at Libya now Mass migration is destroying England and Europe and it's because Kadafi is not there to stop it in Libya

  15. If Gaddafi was still alive there wouldn't be Mass immigration into Europe in England from Libya from anywhere

  16. I know people laughing at all female bodyguards but I do completion jujitsu and girls are better than Ever got beat up by a girl… I have…kmsl…

  17. the guy that increased literacy rate to 86℅,sold oil only for gold which everyone got a share,best free healthcare in mideast,and a million other great things.he wasn't a monster,and no terrorism lived where he and Susan were.Rethink the American banksters narrative

  18. Mad dog. Lol I laugh at your pre colonized mentality. In the way that how you speak of great leaders from Africa and those of European nation who were more ruthless by far in their actions and deeds against other nations…, speak with two sided tongue. You're sure is informative yes certainly so but it is clear that you are of a European descent. A gentleman you are so they say. The man you speak of Will forever be more Noble than that of Tony Blair, Winston Churchill, Bonard Law. On read this you will be in up root because you love to protect yourselfers. And condemned others to the Hellfire even that you created.

  19. Drag them into the modern world two sided tongue speaking. As if they weren't being halted at Bay by those who did not want to see them grow. I enjoyed your smile it shows how modernize you are. Freeman.

  20. So we’re just gonna pretend like U.S supported Libyan rebels out of humanitarian reasons? or had the mad dog served his purpose and it was time to put him down?




  24. Young man… i know you see the world as a white man.. but let me tell you, at somepoint when you and your people find out that this world is not about you..then you will know that gaddafi is your hitler in your timeline but hitler in a certain way was the german peoples gadaffi in their timeline but do you behold the germans forever for bringing that guy to power? NO!.. then there is Trump,, your electorol college truly democratic elected guy.. please own him ..everyone makes mistakes but through mistakes we become better.. this video should not be so inbalanced.. nobody listens to africa until we make a Gaddafi.. he is hero to many btw so try and talk to a true Libyan before you post these stulff… be sure.. I have enjoyed alot of the bios that you have done but off course africans are not really covered in your videos..SAD.. i dont blame though ,,we did not write much! lol but we are here and we feel but our quiet should never mean we have been written off …never!! we are people and peoples lives matter!

  25. America destroy gadaffi I have question with you their is no hair in the head meaning "kalbo" what is libya now?

  26. The US government is like a surgeon treating an infection. The surgeon cuts open the patient and spots the infection. He then deals with it. The patient is no longer infected. The surgeon proceeds to leave the room… except the patient's belly is still open and the patient is even worse off than he was with the infection.

  27. Hate to say it (as a fan of this channel) but many of these stories have a strong scent of propaganda off them.

    I posted the above line before watching the rest (well 17 mins) of the video and have to say that I'm just disappointed in the absolute nonsense.

    Maybe redo the video sticking to the things that he actually did that were terrible and leave the campfire tales out. I'm sorry but I've given this a thumbs down.

  28. Gadaffi was a north african berber but he got brainwashed by arab nationalism like most of the people of his generation(he later advocated pan africanism) he lived in north africa and controlled a north african country, NOT a middle eastern country….. I hate the usa for making this problem and the people who call north african countries middle eastern.

  29. He was not a self-styled, but an elected Mansa. Huge difference. I suggest his work is revisioned, historically. And under careful consideration of his islamic diplomacy.

  30. Didn’t Hilary and Obama have a lot to do with the collapse of Libya, which spurred on the open slave market there?

  31. This channel seems to have an implicit bias where you prioritize the western perspective, to the detriment of retelling real history and to the disrespect of cultures you speak of

  32. 13:00 don't forget October, 1985 – Doctor Emit Brown gunned down in the JCPenny parking lot at twin pines mall by Libyan nationalists 😱😄

  33. The mad Dog ? Monster ? You need to check your facts m8, and see what he gave his people. And stop listening to crap on the news

  34. I lived in Kenya, this man was respected because what he did for his people due to oil subsidies being trickled to its people, not to the top 1%.

  35. It's definitely a legacy for him to make world's (and the region's) all major powers (from ALL the '5 gendarmries' in the UN security council to other major Arabian/African ones, plus Isreal, etc.) to HAVE A CONSENSUS that he's bad. Looking at Syria, Yugoslavia, even Iraq, and now obviously Iran etc. you'll see that it's not usually the case.

  36. I think you took the wrong prospective for this one. This man taught Black people to love themselves. America took him out because of wanting to change currency. All of the world know this.

  37. There's a reason why these are called "Dictators", because he's a Dic! They all should at least part there hair right down the middle instead of on the right or left of there heads. This way they'll at least look exactly who they are. This guy, Saddam, and a few others are a dying breed. And they know it. Even North Korea will fall soon enough. Nobody in the 50s ever thought that the Soviet Union would fall, yet NATO is even stronger after, adding several countries under the Soviet rule. You can't oppress the population forever

  38. In most of the pictures, doesn't he look like he just fell out of a night club, stoned out of his mind? And if any Arab country really wanted Libya, it doesn't seem very difficult being that Chad held Libya at bay. Egypt should wipe the floor against Libya. It's funny that he didn't get Saddam on his side.

  39. People forget that the people of Libya wanted him out. Obviously most of the western nations did too. The power vacuum in Libya was inevitable.

  40. Everytime i see what they portrait in the mainstream news as Dictators are opposite from the reality…. LIES AFTER lies

  41. You didn't mention that they have extreme slavery in Libya they steal Western Africans entice them to pass there deserts so they can go to Italy but snatch them and sell them as slaves in their market and mistreat them slavery in Libya

  42. Gaddafi was preferable the chaos? Unlimited funding for terrorist groups & Airliners falling from the sky don't bother you? Chaos in these countries where we got rid of nut-jobs is better. Assad is the only one left and he's treading water…

  43. 11:39. Private ownership of black cars was banned, as were 4-wheel drive vehicles. Reserved for government only.

  44. What you describe as some 'irrigation ditches' was actually the Great Man Made River – the largest irrigation project in the world, that delivers water to 70% of the population of Libya (before Nato bombed it), all paid for without foreign funding or bank loans.
    If Gadaffi is so bad why do you have to mislead about his achievements?
    Are all your biographies of leaders not supported by the West as biased as this?

  45. This is making him look like a Tyrant when USA and UK and FRaNce are the real terrorist, let’s keep it all the way real now they are looting Libya’s oil, Libyans are not Arabs they are Berbers.

  46. Mad Dog? Sorry but you're an complete idiot. Look at the Libya after 'mad dog' and tell me how bad Gaddafi was. Thank god nobody learns history on Youtube.

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