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For Iraqis, Gaddafi death evokes Saddam memories (Tribes and Terrorists still control Libya)
reuters ^ | 10/21/2011 | Muhanad Mohammed (Twolastnames)

Posted on 10/21/2011 3:42:53 AM PDT by tobyhill

Iraqis watching news of the death of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi remembered how their own dictator Saddam Hussein was ousted, fearing Libyans might now face years of factional violence as they did after Saddam's capture and execution.

Gaddafi's death while trying to flee in a convoy Thursday came after eight months of war between Gaddafi loyalists and NATO-backed rebels who took the capital from the deposed leader two months ago.

After the 2003 U.S. invasion that ended his rule, Saddam went on the run for months before he was dragged from a hole in the ground, put on trial and hanged.

Watching Gaddafi's death, some Iraqis said they believed Libya could descend into vicious slaughter as Iraq did in 2006-2007 when sectarian violence killed thousands of people and pushed the country to edge of civil conflict.

"In the coming days, what happened in Iraq is going to happen in Libya. The struggle for power will begin soon and Libyan people will be the next victims," said Karar Hassoun, a government employee in Baghdad.

Saddam was found by American troops around eight months after he was ousted, hiding in a hole in the ground, his beard long and hair ragged. In his months on the run, he gave clandestine broadcasts urging resistance.

Gaddafi's capture was not so different. Though the exact circumstances of his death were unclear with conflicting accounts of how he died, his captors said they found him cowering in a drain pipe filled with garbage.

"Gaddafi was a tyrant, he was always warning Arab rulers they were next and what happened to Saddam will happen to them, but his forecast came true with his own death," Ali al-Dabbagh, a spokesman of the Iraqi government told Reuters.

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TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: gaddafi; hussein; iraq; libya; saddam

1 posted on 10/21/2011 3:42:59 AM PDT by tobyhill
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To: tobyhill
There are, no doubt, some jokes in there about dictators and holes.
2 posted on 10/21/2011 3:49:19 AM PDT by Earthdweller (Harvard won the election what's the problem.......? Embrace a ruler today.)
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To: tobyhill

There is no such thing as an “Iraqi” - it’s a European divided territory — it’s Shia, Sunni, and Kurd...and the “Iraqis” (Majority: Shia) - and the ones that dragged Saddam to the gallows! They don’t care - they never did - this is Islam in it’s purest form...kill the opposition and take control — that’s what happened in Karbala in OCT 680 AD - then the grandson’s of Muhammad were surrounded by the Sunni Army led by Yazad - killed them and their families — a ceremony is held each year to show the shame of the Shia tribes for not coming and aiding what should have been the obvious (their cult leaders bloodline was about to be wiped out) - it’s called Ashura...where they cut their heads with knives to bleed...

bottom line - they don’t care - it’s all about the advancement of Islam under a different controlling entity...

3 posted on 10/21/2011 4:33:16 AM PDT by BCW (
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200 Tribal Leaders

We have Africans and the hated Arabs not going to get along. The leaders of the New Government Council, veterans of Al Qaeda fighter, the most numbers in Iraq. Both Afghanistan fighters against Russia and US.

Add a touch of Muslim Brother hood. Then if Oil is selling 86.00 Dollars a Barrel , Libya has the top grade oil. Producing 1.8 Million Barrels a Day to spend on terrorism.

New how are we better sense Libya was taken off the terrorist list in 2006. We have been turned down by the new Government for the arresting Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, Lockerbie convicted bomber is given a safety Harbor by Nc Cain's Heroes.

4 posted on 10/21/2011 4:56:33 AM PDT by scooby321
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