Nicholas Kristof on the Reported Death of Gadhafi

Thursday, October 20, 2011

An image captured off a cellular phone camera shows the arrest of Libya's strongman Moammar Gadhafi in Sirte on October 20, 2011. (PHILIPPE DESMAZES/AFP/Getty Images/Getty)

Unconfirmed reports out of Libya this morning say Col. Moammar Gadhafi has died of injuries he sustained when he was captured in his birthplace of Sirte earlier in the day. Celebrations are breaking out all over the country, as jubilant Libyans rejoice over the dawn of a new country, and the alleged death of a brutal leader. Gadhafi was hated by many Libyans, says New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, who has followed Libya for many years. Kristof looks back at the four decades of Gadhafi's rule.

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