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The Fall of Qaddafi/Gaddafi/Kadhafi: What Will It Mean?

October 10, 2011, 12:00 AM

By the time you read this, it is quite possible that rebel forces in Libya, with the help of NATO, will have succeeded in their goal of toppling Colonel Muammar el-Quaddafi's regime and seizing power in Tripoli.

At the time of this writing, insurgents had taken control of Quaddafi's compound, seizing some gold-plated guns in the process, and were in the process of transferring their administration to the capitol, while the embattled Colonel continued to issue radio threats from hiding against the “rats, crusaders and unbelievers” who had put him there. 

As events unfold, many are pondering what the fall of Col Quaddafi will mean for the rest of the world. 


What it Will Mean for Rap Music

Thanks to a remix of a defiant Quaddafi speech by Israeli dj Noy Alooshe, rap music will never be the same . . . 



What it Will Mean for the Arab Spring

The storming of Gaddafi’s compound by rebels sent waves of exhilaration throughout the Middle East. Analysts say Gaddafi’s fall “will serve as a lesson to autocrats elsewhere that they can no longer assume that brutal repression — a time-honored tactic in the region — will defeat a mass opposition movement.”

What it Will Mean for Spelling

As the regime of Col. Moammar Gaddafi crumbles, many readers are wondering: Exactly how many ways are there to spell this guy’s name?
Read On . . . 

What it Will Mean for Obama

Though he caught a lot of flak for it initially, Obama’s approach to the Libyan uprising looks pretty good, in retrospect.

What it Will Mean for the Price of Oil

The collapse of Gaddafi’s regime could mean the imminent resumption of oil exports from that country. In anticipation of this, oil prices are falling.

What it Will Mean for Autoeroticism

A large stash of photos of Condoleeza Rice was discovered in the fugitive Colonel's personal boudoir. 



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