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Editor says, what if Qaddafi's coup had failed? Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s).
In 1969,military forces in Libya loyal to the nation's ruler, King Idris I (pictured), thwarted an attempted coup by a cabal of army officers driven by a stridently anti-Western ideology mixing Islam, nationalism and socialism. Libyan Coup Foiled by Eric LippsAmong the officers involved in the coup was a colonel named Muammar al-Qaddafi. Col. Qaddafi would never face trial, however, having been shot and fatally wounded in the final confrontation between the would-be revolutionaries and the King's forces. Following his death, a minor personality cult would grow up around him among student leftists, just as had happened with Cuba's Che Guevara.