“Libya Will Advance on the Road to Freedom”
“People of Libya! In response to your own will, fulfilling your most heartfelt wishes, answering your incessant demands for change and regeneration and your longing to strive towards these ends, listening to your incitement to rebel, your armed forces have undertaken the overthrow of the reactionary and corrupt regime, the stench of which has sickened and horrified us all…. From this day forward, Libya is a free, self-governing republic…. She will advance on the road to freedom, the path of unity and social justice, … where injustice and exploitation are banished, … where all will be free, brothers within a society in which, with God’s help, prosperity and equality will … rule us all.”
~ Muammar Gaddafi, September 1, 1969 announcing the coup against the government of King Idris.
Just a gentle reminder not to get too excited about the forces of change sweeping the Middle East.