For more than three decades, most countries of the world have viewed
Libya as a radical, unstable nation. Under the leadership of Muammar
al-Qaddafi, Libya has sponsored international terrorism and supported
efforts to overthrow the governments of its African neighbors. This has
led to confrontations with the West, particularly with the United States
during the 1980s.Beneath the sands of Libya lies a valuable resource--vast amounts
of oil. Despite this, the people of Libya have remained poor during
Qaddafi's rule. Although in recent years Libyan society appears to
have become more open, and Qaddafi seems to have moderated some
of his extremist views, the future of the country remains uncertain.
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