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This paper examines how the North African county of Libya has had a long and varied history and in particular how, for over forty years it was controlled by the Qaddafi regime. It also discusses how the country is rich in oil resources and how the majority of the industry's income remained within the regime. The paper further looks at how although the nation's citizens did enjoy the benefits of free education and healthcare systems, Qaddafi's attempts to anger the West and oppress his own people led to the suffering of the majority of Libya's population and, ultimately, Qaddafi's demise.
From the Paper:"The sanctions against Libya lasted for over a decade. By 2004, with the sanctions lifted, embassies reopened and business returned (Anderson, 2011). When the sanctions were imposed in 1992, Libyan support of terrorism decreased (CIA, 2002). Eventually, Qaddafi denounced terrorism and in 2003, announced that they were suspending efforts to develop weapons of mass destruction (HBD, 2011; Witherbee, 2011). He also agreed to pay nearly $3B in compensation to the families of the 270 Lockerbie bombing victims (HBD, 2011). This, combined with his attempts to lead regional peace efforts helped to reestablish relations between the Libyan government and Western nations (Witherbee, 2011). Five years later, Qaddafi made his first appearance before the UN General Assembly (Anderson, 2011). He spent over an hour and a half complaining about the United States and at one point tore up the UN Charter (Anderson, 2011). In 2006, after more than two decades of hostilities, the United States-Libyan diplomatic relations were restored (HBD, 2011)."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Anderson, Jon Lee. (2011). King of Kings. New Yorker.
- CIA World Factbook. (2002). CIA: The World Factbook 2000: Libya.
- Hutchinson's Biography Database. (2011). Moamer al-Qaddafi (or Gaddafi or Qaddafi) (1942- )
- International Business Times. (2011). Gadhafi Dead: Is Libya Celebrating or Mourning? Has Gadhafi Become a Martyr? Fri 21 Oct 2011.
- Witherbee, Amy. (2011). Libya. Our World: Libya.
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