Moammar Gadhafi is one of the most infamous examples of how power breeds corruption. Having seized power of Libya 41 years ago, he’s come to represent one of the most contentious and peculiar characters on the world stage. He was a man who called for Arab Nationalism, African Unity and Libyan independence. Today, he is a dictator who would rather execute his country’s citizens rather than give up money and power.
At 27 years of age, Gadhafi took power of Libya having staged a coup d’état against the reigning King Idris in 1969. As an admirer of Che Guevara, the Colonel (the title he would claim for himself and retain) promoted the ideals of country free of Western involvement. His radical stance against the West attracted many other controversial leaders like Fidel Castro, who still supports the leader today. “Gadhafi has a long record of supporting anyone who opposes the West,” said Jordan Sekulow, director of policy and international affairs at the American Center for Law. “Castro fit the mold so naturally he supported him. For many years, there wasn’t an anti-Western leader or enemy of the U.S. that Gadhafi did not try to support.”