"Who was Colonel Muammar Gaddafi? Was he a deadly Libyan tyrant and dictator as the Western media portrayed him - bent on assuming the leadership of the Arab world in the manner of Gamal Abdul Nasser?
That Gaddafi was a driven and desperate man of that there is no question. When he deposed King Idris from the Libyan throne, President Habib Bourguiba of Tunisia rightly warned him that he had miles and miles to go before he could claim to be a worthy successor to Nasser's mantle.
That Gaddafi was a wildly popular among the Libyan masses and even those in the rest of the Arab world, of that too there is no question.
All the tragic and haunting episodes of his life point to only one truth: That Gaddafi was a hunted man. And because he was a hunted man, Gaddafi never had the time or the leisure to do anything but run. His parting shots were true essence of his compassion and generosity - a gift of a soccer stadium to Pakistan, a plan to gift thousands of computers to schoolchildren in neighboring African countries, and dollops of oil aid to poor Arab countries. (...) "