Exiled Libyan now a Conn. professor

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October 20, 2011, 6:30 pm

(NECN: Brian Burnell, Hartford, Conn.) - Dr. Abubaker Saad teaches history at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury. He awoke Thursday to news he has waited more than 30 years to hear: Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi is dead.

Once part of the regime and personal interpreter to Gadhafi himself, Abubaker had to leave the country after a coup attempt which he was part of failed in 1978. While many wanted to see Gadhafi put on trial, he says the dictator's death makes things easier.

"It's easier for him because the people are going to be hating him during the trial and so forth and probably they would put him through jail and torture and whatever it is because he had done that," said Dr. Saad. "So actually, he got away with it easy by dying."

It is also easier for the country to move forward with Gadhafi dead.

"As long as he's alive, some of his loyal supporters are still going to fight the Libyan people," said Dr. Saad. "But his death now cuts them off completely."

It also leaves the country in the tenuous position of building a new government. Dr. Saad contends that this regime ousting is different than Iraq ousting Saddam Hussein.

"When Saddam fell, he left behind an institution which was really controlling Iraq which is called the Bath Party," said Saad. "He had his own political party which was running all of the apparatus for him."

In Libya, there is nothing like that because Gadhafi ran everything personally.

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