By Mubatsi Asinja Habati
Everything comes to an end. Be it power, life, or leadership. Who knew the people power revolutions that began in Tunisia would reach Libya in a violent way and topple the 42 year-old rule of Col. Muammar Gaddafi, the self acclaimed Africa’s "King of Kings" then that rebellion would lead to his death? This life is very unpredictable. A Gaddafi era has come to a sudden halt, some of his children, relatives and commanders have died with him as others were captured.
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After 8 months of a grueling fight Col. Gaddafi was today put out of action as he ranted and called the National TransitionalCouncil (NTC) rebels now leaders of Libyan government rats, mad dogs, cockroaches, etc. While the world would have liked to have him tried, Gaddafi was reportedly killed in battle. The NATO airstrike reportedly hit Gaddafi's convoy escaping his home town of Sirte, where battle has raged for last two months, this morning. The African Union was totally opposed to the military solution of the Libyan conflict but had not option other than grudgingly recognizing the NTC-led government.
In any case, as most Libyans are celebrating and some mourning Gaddafi’s death questions are being asked if the death of Libya’s former leader means the end of war and marks new Libya. Other questions the NTC must answer include whether the insurgency will take root like we have seen in Iraq even with killing of Saddam Hussein and Afghanistan after removal of the Talibans. How will the escalating power struggle among Gaddafi’s foes play out? Gaddafi might be dead after his 4 decades rule but Libyan conflict could be far from over.