Today, International Freedom Fighter, Colonel Muammar Abu Minyar al-Gaddafi, retires as president of Libya. Born June 7, 1942, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, an Arabized Berber of Libya, at the tender age of 27, seized power in Libya through a military coup to become Libya’s president for 42 years. During his tenure as president of Libya, some people considered Colonel Muammar Gaddafi a tyrant, while some considered him a dictator. While Colonel Muammar Gaddafi may have been a national tyrant (and the result of African tradition), the Colonel is however not a dictator: The uninformed simply mistook African tyranny for dictatorship. And while flamboyant and opinionated, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi was nonetheless a perceptive African leader: There were two major elements in Libya against Colonel Muammar Gaddafi: There was the Libyan element made up of various interest groups seeking to oust their chieftan president whom they were fed-up with (a cause I have always supported), and there was the neighborhood NATO Gatlin boys who had taken advantage of the civil unrest in Libya to oust an African leader who would not bow to them (a mission I strongly and without apologizes oppose). It is no secret that the situation in Libya would never have escalated to its catastrophic state where hundreds unnecessarily perished had the NATO Gatlin boys not "intervened." When NATO went against Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, the Gatlin boys obviously assumed they were going against some defenseless coward. But like Kenny Rogers’ Tommy, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi took all of them on so that none was left standing unmaimed! For months, NATO members suffered financial setbacks, pleaded amongst themselves for more financial commitment with some so frightened by the financial burden they took their presidents to court over their absurd involvement in Libya. The people of African and other developing nations are very capable of handling their oppressive government if left alone. These people often have real problem with their government only when they and/or their government is propped by some so-called developed nation. All having said, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi has wrought great honor to Africa in defeating the UN and decomposing NATO and enemies of Africa whose only interest in Africa is to further plunder. While Colonel Muammar Gaddafi maybe considered a national tyrant, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi is nonetheless an International FREEDOM FIGHTER! And for this, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi will forever be in my book as a Great African Leader and International Freedom Fighter.