What were some of the consequences of the Libyan Civil War?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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One of the most intense consequences of the Libyan Civil War would have to be the ousting of Libyan President Muammar Gaddafi.  Given the fact that Gadafi had been the leader of the nation for over four decades, his removal as a consequence of the civil war is highly significant.  From a geopolitical point of view, Gadafi had been a fervent voice against America.  If there was a construct as "state sponsored terrorism," Gadafi embodied it.  His removal was highly significant to the Arab world, as well.  It indicated that the future of the Arab world and its people, up to this point, would not rest in the hands of despotic leaders unable or unwilling to adapt to the spirit of the times.  Rather, the youth driven movement, fueled by social media and the populist read of democratic action, would be where the new focus of Arab politics must reside.  This would be another one of the consequences of the civil war in Libya.  Consider President Obama's words in the wake of the conclusion of the Libyan Civil War:

"After four decades of brutal dictatorship and eight months of deadly conflict, the Libyan people can now celebrate their freedom and the beginning of a new era of promise," a statement from Obama said.

Part of this "promise" is the assurance to begin the process of establishing democratic elections that would give rise to new leadership in Libya, one of the lasting consequences of the civil war.

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