NATO attacked Libya to counter and manipulate a general Arab uprising that took the rulers of the world by surprise. Unlike his neighbors, Qaddafi had come to power by denying Western control of his country’s natural wealth. For this, he was never forgiven and the opportunity for his demise was seized in the usual manner, as history shows. The American historian William Blum has kept the record. Since the Second World War, the United States has crushed or subverted liberation movements in 20 countries and attempted to overthrow more than 50 governments, many of them democratic and dropped bombs on 30 countries and attempted to assassinate more than 50 foreign leaders.