LIBYA: Living the 'Third Theory'

Egyptian President Anwar Sadat calls him "the lunatic of Libya." The CIA, TIME has learned, commissioned a secret psychological profile, which suggested that he was sound of mind. Nonetheless, Libya's mercurial strongman, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, 34, has given leaders everywhere plenty of reason to worry since he took power in a 1969 military coup. With the country's approximately $10 billion in annual revenues, mostly from oil, the ascetic, fanatically religious Gaddafi has become, among other things, one of the world's foremost backers of terrorism and insurrection. Pursuing a dream of a...

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