e calls himself the
King of Kings of Africa
and even almost assumedleadership of the United States of Africa.
BUT WHEN REALLY DID HIS JOURNEY BEGIN?
It was in September 1969 when a group of soldiers then led by 27 yearold, Muammar Gaddafi, staged a coup détat against King Idrislaunching the Libyan Revolution. From then on up to date he has beenreferred to as the
Brother Leader and Guide of Revolution
bygovernment statements and Official press.Under him Libya faces a lot of changes; first he changed the nationalflag from Pan Arab colors to a single green banner to represent theGreat Socialist Peoples Libyan Arab Jamahiriya. School vacations in1973 were cancelled to teach school children his thoughts.
e set up anextensive surveillance system; these informants carried surveillance inthe government, factories and the education sector.
WHEN DID THE RAINS START BEATING LIBYANS?
Gaddafi began to execute dissidents publicly and executions are stillrebroadcast on state channels, it is like he was trying to send a messageto anyone who has different ideas and also to show that he meantbusiness and show his capability.
e continued to suppress critics andeven recruited
to assassinate dozens of critical refugeesaround the world. Amnesty International reported 25 assassinationsbetween 1980 and 1987.
e also poked his nose into his neighbors business; in 1977 Egyptsleader Anwar Sadat showed intent of signing a peace deal with Israel,to show retaliation he launched an air strike against Egypt. This time hehad picked a fight that he couldnt handle, Sadats army triumph easilyleaving 400 Libyans dead and most of Gaddafis armored divisions inruin on a four day border fight. This was called the Libya-Egypt war.