Muammar Qaddafi, a dictator who ruled the North African country of Libya for over four decades, departed this life yesterday just outside of a large drainage pipe near his hometown of Sirte. Libya's supreme leader was apparently in some disarray after being pulled from the drainage pipe - his hairpiece had fallen off revealing a bald spot on the dictator's head. He begged his captors not to harm him, but some in the jubilant crowd could not contain their joy, and shots were fired. One report that I read said that Colonel Qaddafi was shot in each leg and in the back of the head.
Qaddafi's demise is a very small payment for the suffering that he brought upon the world (such as the Lockerbie bombing and the massacres of his own people), but it does signal an approaching end to the age of authoritarian repression.
In response to Qadaffi's death, President Obama said, "The rule of an iron fist inevitably comes to an end."
The Arab Spring marches on - and that is a very good thing!