When Saddam Hussein was captured in 2003 by U.S. forces, Iraq War advocates boastfully celebrated the event as proof that they were right and used it to mock war opponents (Joe Lieberman and John Kerry, for instance, gleefully exploited the event to demand that Howard Dean admit his war opposition was wrong). When Muammar Gaddafi was forced by NATO bombing in August, 2011 to flee Tripoli, advocates of U.S.
Proof that Mars rules, and that the only applying law is Might Makes Right, rationale for laying claim to whatever can be seized, co-opted, or conquered through the use of direct aggressive force. When Force governs, law is anesthetized. In its place, are legions of loyal-to-their-paychecks sycophants ready to repeat, enforce, and justify the necessary narratives. The rest these days is odious smoke and mirrors.
MQ was an effective leader for the Libyan people. His vision threatened the petrodollar, however, and TPTB had to crush him. First order of business was to create a new private central bank, replacing the state bank that loaned out money at zero-percent interest. Libyans lived better than anyone else in Africa and better than people in Russia, Brazil, and Saudi Arabia. MQ was developing a gold-based currency in which to use to trade for Libyan oil. He wanted to unify Africa for the betterment of the people and roll back the harm done by colonization. Stupid Americans bought into media's portrayal of him as a madman--just like they are currently lapping up regarding Putin.
"We came, we saw, he (meaning Qaddafi) died." -- Hillary Clinton, then Secretary of State and also a behind the scenes manipulator of the overthrow of the elected government in Honduras. I will NEVER vote for this shameless imperialist.
Golly gee whiz folks how screwed up is this? The president steadfastly refused to become engaged in another ground war and tried to opt out of this conflict but the right wing hawks screamed bloody murder to get involved. This was a European effort that we were pushed to support. So what happens? We get hourly media coverage until MQ was turned to rags at the hands of a mob then everyone has a victory gala and goes home leaving one more power vacuum in a Moslam state.