Many people will remember Muammar Gaddafi as the worst dictator whose death was a breath of fresh air for Libyans. Though he filled the role of a vicious dictator sanctioning bombings and murders, Gaddafi also had redeemable qualities which prove the dual nature which composes the human character.
He was a controversial and very divisive world figure. Gaddafi dominated the politics of Libya for four decades and was the real subject of a pervasive cult of personality. His supporters lauded his support for Pan-Arabism and Pan-Africanism and his anti-imperialist stance, and he received numerous awards.
However, he was condemned internationally as an autocrat and dictator whose authoritarian administration did violate the human rights of the Libyans; he supported tribal warfare, irredentist movements, and terrorism in several other nations.
The Late Muammar Gaddafi ruled Libya for 42 years, and soon after the uprising of the Libyan citizens, the rebels killed him as he was attempting to escape Libya in a large convoy when NATO bombed it. The rebels eventually caught and then murdered with bullet wounds to his body and head.
Colonel Gaddafi was labeled as a ‘terrorist’ a ‘tyrant,’ and a ‘dictator,’ but was he a bad Libyan leader? Although there wasn’t any democracy in the country, the facts about Libya and the way Gaddafi ruled in the list below, do not do any justice to him.
Gaddafi regarded himself as a disciple of the Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser. A close look at the initial goals of Gaddafi reveals a similarity to President Nasser’s: both wanted to eliminate their nation of the unjust economic control from the external governments.
The some of the facts listed below may offer you more insight into the positive side of Muammar Gaddafi’ ruling in Libya. If it is/was all true, then in the aspect of providing for the people of his country, then this was a good side of him.
To learn more about Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s life and leadership, here are some interesting facts about him:
1. Muammar Gaddafi chose to undergo plastic surgery to look younger. Muammar Gaddafi called upon Dr. Liacyr Riberio, a well-known Brazilian surgeon to assist him in looking younger. The Libyan leader didn’t like how he looked, at his age, and thus, he hired a plastic surgeon to smoothen out his wrinkles so that we wouldn’t look his age. Gaddafi lived an extravagant life, the larger part of it bordering an absurdity, everything procured to him, and a plastic surgery was all he required to shave some years off his appearance. After all, the leader, took his appearance seriously since he used it an essential instrument to make flamboyant statements.
2. For one decade, Galyna Kolotnytska, a nurse from Ukraine described in the press as “voluptuous,” was often seen at the side of the dictator. Kolotnytska was mentioned in a leaked out diplomatic cable as one of closest aides of Muammar Gadhafi and was also suspected to have a romantic relationship with him. Many other Ukrainian women did serve as nurses, and they all referred him as “Daddy” or “Papa.”
3. All-Female Virgin Bodyguards Retinue: Apparently, they were not around when Muammar Gadhafi required them most on Thursday, October 20, 2011, but forty well-trained bodyguards used to protect the eccentric dictator– all of them were women. The bodyguards, known as “Amazons,” were all allegedly virgins. They took a chastity vow upon joining the retinue of the dictator Gaddafi he used to handpick these women, trained at an all-female military academy. They wore flashy uniforms, high-heeled combat boots, and makeup.
4. Gaddafi made some controversial statements during his regime. He recorded saying that the H1N1 influenza was just a conspiracy of the foreign militia. Also, he mentioned that tsetse flies and the mosquitoes are friends of humanity created by God to provide protection and said that any opponents who entered the land would significantly suffer from sleeping sickness and Malaria. His stigmatization of the homosexuality is well-known and criticized, but, he not only stigmatized homosexuals, but he also went as far as mentioning that the HIV is a passive, and harmless virus which wouldn’t touch straight individuals. In an official statement, he said, ‘if you’re straight you’ve no reason to worry.’
5. In 2007, Muammar Gadhafi called Condoleezza Rice, the former Secretary of State his “darling black African woman” and during her 2008 visit to Tripoli, the dictator offered her $200,000 worth of gifts, including a lute and a ring. But it was not until the rebels stormed his Tripoli palace that the depths of Gaddafi’s infatuation were exposed. There among the belongings of Gadhafi was a carefully composed photo album made up of several pictures of Rice.
6. Eclectic Wardrobes: In those pictures of world leaders standing shoulder to shoulder on the sidelines of various international forums, Gadhafi was always the easiest to single out. Gaddafi’s wardrobe was an eclectic mix of Miami Vice-style leisure suits, ornate military uniforms, and the Bedouin robes. Muammar Gadhafi, who pushed for the pan-African federation of nations, usually decorated his outfits with pictures of the African continent. He would wear garish necklaces or pins of Africa or the sport safari shirts printed with the Africa pattern.
7. He shared the secrets of an African-style orgy ritual known as “Bunga Bunga” with the Prime Minister of Italy, Silvio Burlesconi. What this ritual is exactly isn’t clear, but it may have something to do with a swimming pool and pole dancing competitions.
8. Under his Gaddafi’s regime, Libyan citizens who needed to buy cars were subsidized half of the cost.
9. The government offered an equivalent of $50,000 to the newlyweds to start off their lives on the right foot under his rule.
10. He went to great lengths to make water readily available; the Great Manmade River Project was the world’s biggest irrigation project.
11. Medical electricity and expenses were both free under Gaddafi’s leadership.
12. Literacy rate in Libya skyrocketed from 25 percent to 83 percent while Gaddafi was in power.
13. Gaddafi’s official bodyguards were always with him regardless of the time of the day.
14. Libya had its State bank that offered loans to citizens at no interest by law and also had no external debt.