This news should have happened in 1986 when the United States bombed the compound of the now deceased dictator, Moammar Khadafy. But I will take the fact he met his fate and is probably burning in Hell as I write this.
The dictator who's claim to fame is the infamous "Green Book", met a horrific end as his corpse was dragged in the streets of his hometown of Sirte. Some would say that it was too good for him. I will leave that to the Good Lord to judge.
But a look at Khadafy and his reign of terror makes me more than sympathize with those that did him in.
As he consolidated power after his 1969 coup, he was certainly no democrat.
And as he retained power, it only corrupted him further.
Libya maybe a big desert, but it is rich in natural resources. Yet Khadafi kept it mostly for himself and his minions. Not unlike many other dictatorships, he tried to justify it by "spreading the wealth" and concocted the Great Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya. It was the basis for his view of socialism and wrought disaster for his land and people.
And as time went on, Khadafy tried to curry favor with Islamists within the nation. The nation became a mix of the Jamahiriya and Islam. Much of Islamic law was incorporated in the nation.
Of course Khadafy will always be remembered for his and nation's role in the bombing of Pan Am airlines flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland in 1988. That bombing while the plane was in flight killed 270 people in all. And the only terrorist convicted of the dastardly crime, Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, ended up being released by Scottish authorities on "humanitarian" grounds and is still alive. And somewhere in Libya.
And Khadafy was always trying to push his twisted ideology all over the place.
But no more.
One can only hope that the Libyan National Transitional Council can consolidate and bring true reform to this battered land. And yes, some form of democracy.
Most important is that the leaders of this effort were the British and French governments. Yes, the United States has engaged and should have gotten congressional approval for this engagement. But it is done. And in reality, as has been noted, the United States did not lead this effort but came up the rear.
We should be glad that a man that created so much pain and terror in his life ended up seeing it end in much the same way. Eternal justice was meted out.
So, ding dong! Khadafy's gone!