If the news from Libya has captivated your attention, and you find yourself digging back through books on your shelves or combing through the internet for a deeper understanding of how Muammar al-Qaddafi came to power than this post is for you.
I have been caught up in the Libya story and found what I think is a gem. I was looking at Foreign Policy and came across rare photographs of the young colonel and the ruler he overthrew. Enjoy.
Below is a photo of Qaddafi sharing a laugh with Nasser, his longtime hero, who died a year after Qaddafi seized power. Nasser–now there was an interesting man.
Below is a picture of a frail-looking King Idris reviews Libyan troops in Western-style sailor uniforms during the later years of his rule. Qaddafi overthrew the king while he was receiving medical treatment in Turkey.