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Abdel Baset al-Megrahi
Unpredictable to the end, Moammar Kadafi ruled Libya for decades
Unpredictable to the end, Moammar Kadafi ruled Libya for decades

In the modern pantheon of the world's dictators, Moammar Kadafi stood apart. Far apart. Erratic and mercurial, he fancied himself a political philosopher, practiced an unorthodox and deadly diplomacy, and cut a sometimes cartoonish figure in flowing robes and dark sunglasses, surrounded by heavily armed female bodyguards. He ruled Libya with an iron fist for 42 years, bestowing on himself an array of titles, including "king of culture," "king of kings of Africa" and, simply, "leader of the revolution." It was as an actor on the world stage, though, that he showed his gift for unpredictability. President Reagan called him "the mad dog of the Middle...

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