Gadaffi Do you think Gadaffi could be called an African hero or perhaps an excellent African leader?

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I suppose there are some persons who are so vehemently anti-United States or anti-Western European that they would perceive those who led attacks against these enemies as being heroes, or at least recognize them as being leaders in the fight against the enemy. Whether he would be considered "an excellent African leader" would be doubtful - my perception is that he was not well liked even by the governments and leaders of other generally anti-Western nations.

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It would be very hard to argue for Gaddafi's status as anything but a brutal dictator: see eyewitness accounts of protest beatings, alleged video of same, and widespread celebrations of his death.

The one thing I can find in his favor are reports of the prosperity in Libya during his rule, and even these are disputed. You should do as much research as possible to define, prove, or disprove your thesis.

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The only way that you could argue this would be to argue that there is something important about standing up to the colonial powers that had dominated Africa for so long.  Gadaffi did do this in some ways, notably with regard to the Lockerbie bombing.  Of course, at the same time he was brutal and repressive to his own people who were clearly not responsible for the colonization of Africa.

So, to call him a hero, you would have to argue that his defiance of Europe (intermittent and bloody though it was) outweighs his brutality towards his own people.

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I think Gadaffi was a tyrant.  He did not do anything heroic.  What good did he bring to his people?  How did he make their lives better? I can’t really think of any examples. He seems to have just been the typical greedy tyrant, only out for himself.

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That really would be a stretch. Gadaffi was a murderer--both of innocent Americans and of his own people--and he used his power for personal power and profit, not for the good of Libya.

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Not unless killing and brutalizing people are considered qualifications of heroism of excellence in leadership.  Any leader who won't allow free elections shows that s/he is afraid of having his or her supposed excellence and heroism put to the test at the ballot box.

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