Muammar Gaddafi‘s death is celebrated as the success of a new U.S. foreign policy, on which the Obama administration backed the NATO action, demanded Gaddafi to go and finally he is gone forever. It was a policy of lead from behind, a policy makeover which is sometimes seen as an uncomfortable mix of realism and idealism.
It was in 2008 Gaddafi made a prophetic warning about the possible invasion or indirect involvement of America in the politics of the Middle East. At a speech in the Arab League summit in Damascus, he said, “A foreign power occupies an Arab country and hangs its leader while we all stand watching and laughing. Your turn is coming soon,” a warning the audience including Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who doesn’t dare to laugh now as his turn is foreseen in the ongoing popular uprising.
Except his short stay with the Americans during President George W Bush‘s war on terror, most in U.S. see him as a villain whom they often associate with the Lockerbie bombing. Realizing the need to take a backseat to prove that the country is not imposing its will using physical force over the Arab, the United States would be more than happy that Muammar Gaddafi has gone, but they would be more delighted by the fact that the world would celebrate this as a victory for the Libyan people.
As a matter of fact, the American policy must have taken a revamp at the realization of the fact that the country cannot afford to do everything, everywhere, and that the policy should shrink to do only what matters most. Going by the same line, Obama had stated that no American troops would be there on the ground and the French and British did the major job. The European powers were leading the movement as it meant a lot for them, the U.S. decided stay at the shadow for Libya was not a vital national interest the world police.
If it was bullets for Gaddafi, it was the gallows the U.S. prepared for the ironman of Iraq, Saddam Hussein. It took a little more than a few months for the invading American forces to topple Saddam’s kingdom, which the Unites States had always viewed a threat to the stability of the region. The war that was started on as a hunt for weapons of mass destruction ended with the fall of Saddam’s regime and his capture a few months later. After three years of trials for war crimes, he was hanged against his wish to be shot on 30 December 2006. Both his sons, Uday and Qusay were killed in a six-hour firefight. However, U.S. had to spell trillions of dollars and have to sacrifice the lives its thousands of soldiers. The Economist described Saddam as “one of the last of the 20th century’s great dictators, but not the least in terms of egotism, or cruelty, or morbid will to power.”
A fleet of four choppers slicing through the dark skies over Islamabad from a U.S. military base in Afghanistan finished the job code named ‘Geronimo-E KIA’ in which the United States killed its most wanted man, Osama bin Laden just 40 miles outside Pakistan’s capital. Upon the end of this long and painful chapter, U.S. President Barack Obama saluted the U.S. commandos and said, “Job well done. The mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks which left nearly 3,000 people dead, Osama has been in FBI’s lists of Ten Most Wanted Fugitives and Most Wanted Terrorists and was a major target of the United States in its War on Terror with $25 million bounty by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. As the president once called, ‘al-Qaeda’s leader and symbol, was often termed as un-Islamic by many Islamic scholars; however, Michael Scheuer, in his famous book ‘Osama bin Laden,’ notes that Laden’s 1998 fatwa was signed by fully credentialed Islamic scholars, thus giving it religious authority’. Laden in his fatwa called on the world Muslims to kill Americans and their allies both civilian and military and proclaimed that it’s an individual duty for every Muslim.
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