To hear more audio stories from publications like The New York Times, download Audm for iPhone or Android . Ten years ago, near the remote Libyan desert town of Awbari, a band of armed rebels ambushed a small convoy that was fleeing south toward Niger. The gunmen stopped the cars and found a youngish bald man with bandages covering his right hand. They saw a face that had been ubiquitous on Libyan state television: Seif al-Islam el-Qaddafi, the second son of the country's notorious dictator and one of the rebels' chief targets. Until the Libyan uprising began , in February 2011, Seif was widely seen in the West as the country's best hope for incremental reform. With his clean-cut good looks, rimless glasses and impeccable English, he seemed utterly different from his flamboyant, erratic father. Seif had studied at the London School of Economics and spoke the language of democracy and human rights. He cultivated respected political scientists and lectured young Libyans on civics. Some of his Western friends even spoke of him as Libya's potential savior. But when the revolution came, Seif enthusiastically joined the Qaddafi regime's brutal crackdown. The rebels who triumphed nine months later might easily have… Read full this story
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