A hír igaz: Kadhafi halott, Líbia végleg megszabadult a diktátortól.

President Obama on Announcement of Death of Libya’s Qadhafi, 20 October 2011

Today, the government of Libya announced the death of Muammar Qaddafi. This marks the end of a long and painful chapter for the people of Libya, who now have the opportunity to determine their own destiny in a new and democratic Libya.

Statement by Ambassador Susan E. Rice, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, on the Reported Death of Col. Muammar Qadhafi in Libya, October 20, 2011

A dark chapter has finally ended in Libya. Just weeks after ending a tyrant’s grip on power, the Libyan people have ensured the end of his continued claim to it. But the death of Col. Muammar Qadhafi after forty-two years of iron rule does not alone guarantee a safer, more democratic and prosperous Libya. The Libyan people will face great challenges in the days ahead. As they do, the United States will stand with them.

We will be a full partner as Libya works to build an inclusive, transparent, democratic government and create new economic opportunities for its citizens. We will support its efforts to uphold the rule of law, create essential new institutions, and protect the rights of all citizens, including women and minorities. And we will support the international community in providing the expertise and technical assistance that Libyans will need to build a brighter future.

Why Qaddafi’s Death Is Significant fot Libya and the International Community. Ibrahim Sharqieh. Brookings, October 20, 2011

The death of Qaddafi will have implications on many levels. Firstly in terms of operations, and the future efforts to rebuild Libya, it will mean an end of the major military campaign in the north of the country—particularly after the fall of Sirte and Bani Walid. The morale of the remaining loyalists will likely crumble following the demise of their figurehead.

Perhaps the greatest significance of the killing of Qaddafi is on the psychological level. It will provide closure for the millions of Libyans who have suffered under his rule, allowing them to move on and contribute to the rebuilding of their country. Beyond Lybia itself, it will provide inspiration to those who have risked so much in rising up against their rulers—particularly in Syria and Yemen—showing that there is an end to the long road of revolution.

After Qaddafi, by Council on Foreign Relations

Post-Qaddafi Libya will face difficulties with rebel infighting, the anger of Qaddafi loyalists, and more, but the long-time dictator’s death also creates an opening for a more peaceful country. CFR’s Richard Haass, Ed Husain, and Ray Takeyh weigh Libya‘s prospects.

Qaddafi’s End, New NATO Challenges. Council on Foreign Relations

Disunity among Libya’s rebels, a growing Islamist radical movement, and angry Qaddafi loyalists will mean a continued need for NATO involvement to check a possible slide into chaos.

What Happens After Qaddafi? Cato Institute

As we ponder the welcome news of Qaddafi’s capture, we should also recall the lessons from Iraq, and as they have played out in Libya. The fall of Baghdad in April 2003 did not signal the end of the Iraq war; likewise, the capture of Tripoli by anti-Qaddafi forces in August 2011 didn’t end the fighting there. I worry, too, that just as the capture of Saddam Hussein in December 2003 didn’t end the Iraq War that pro-Qaddafi forces will continue to resist the new government there.

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