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Muammar Gaddafi Dead

Former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi was pronounced dead Oct. 20. The death sent shock and a lot of confusion around the world when the video footage of his death and capture leaked.

Several news stations pronounced Gaddafi dead after the footage of the first video went viral.
Later the stations came back on air to say that Gaddafi was indeed alive but captured when the second video went viral. After the confusion was cleared up, it was confirmed that Gaddafi died at the age of 69.

Some think American people need to stop overreacting to Gaddafi’s death.

“I think we need to calm down about his death, he was a bad man but he was not a threat to the United States,” Jessica Parks, a political science major, said. “The death of Gaddafi caught many people off guard. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton found out about his death through her Blackberry, and her first response was “Wow.” Few people showed remorse for the death of Gaddafi but people seemed to have the same question about his death. The question, how did Gaddafi die? It is not clear how Gaddafi actually died but what was clear was that he died from a gunshot wound to the head. It is still up in the air as to whether he was shot during a crossfire, shot while trying to escape, or shot just because he was captured.

Some might be a little fuzzy as to who Gaddafi was.

“I heard Gaddafi did a lot of terrible but I can’t say that I am happy that he is dead because I don’t know much about him” Michelle Green, a sophomore English major said.

Gaddafi was the leader of Libya for 42 years who rose to power by overthrowing the King of Libya in 1969 during a violent revolution.

Gaddafi is considered by many to be the strangest leader of a country ever because of his bizarre wardrobe and strange interviews.

Gaddafi was known for his attempt to produce weapons of mass destruction and for killing innocent citizens of his country.

Junior history major Jake Smith feels Gaddafi’s death was a triumph for several countries.

“I think it is great that Gaddafi was killed because it shows that the U.S. and other countries are still willing to stand up for the fight for democracy around the world,” he said.

The downfall of Gaddafi started back in February which started with protests, and the United Nations holding meetings about what should be done. The U.S. decided to take the lead of the assault to rid Libya of Gaddafi by using the military strategy of a no fly zone. France and Britain took the lead after the U.S., and they trained and fought the rebels. In August, the rebels captured most of the of Libya, and, on Oct. 20, they captured Gaddafi hiding in a storm drain.

The biggest concern about Libya now is where the citizens will go from here and how do they do it. M
A lot of countries are calling on Libya to become a democracy.

Gaddafi was buried Tuesday in a secret location.

Marcus Jones, a freshman, education major said, “Gaddafi was a human being and it is important to remember that, he is dead now so let him rest in peace.”

Notice:This story was edited and updated at 7:17 a.m. on Oct. 27.

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