It has been proven time and again nations where power has been arrived at by coup or other means and super leaders come to power.In the long run average citizen is the looser and humanity suffers at the hands of Corrupt,egocentric or just arrogant leaders.
These leaders even if they came to power by popular support and sometimes by popular vote have changed the laws also have intimidated ordinary citizens where they were afraid to even have official disagreement with the rulers.
I was more surprised than probably average Cuban to hear that Fidel had no official party position in the country for last five years .I guess he wanted to tell the world that Cuba was different than other dictators of the world and he has not prolonged his term any further than needed which was 45 years even if we take his word for it .He forgot to tell all Cubans though.
Oh i forgot the other part he was replaced by his brother Raul Castro and he has continued in the mean time.
Qadaffi has ruled and used the assetts of Libya as his private wealth .He has intimidated and tortured all who challenged his authority.When a popular peaceful opposition was developing in Libya and many military leaders were showing support for the new desire for more freedom and say in the nation.They were brutally attacked by air and heavy weaponry by Qadaffi.
US decided to stop Qadaffi and his forces and give a chance for the opposition to change the oppressive regime of Libya.It seems by limited engagement America is going to be with the peaceful populace in the future.It seems that alliances just based on some resource security is not going to protect any dictators in the future.
THIS IS LIKE AN OPEN WARNING TO DICTATORS WHO HAVE USED NATIONAL WEALTH AS PERSONAL PIGGY BANK. AMERICA IS NOT GOING TO PROTECT YOU AND AMERICA IS NOT YOUR PARTNER IF YOU ABUSE HUMAN RIGHTS OF YOUR PEOPLE.