You guys can probably fill people in on all the bad things he did from the time he took power (better than me.) But just from the point of view of a Filipino, he helped broker peace talks between the Philippine Government and the rebel Islamic faction MNLF in the 1970s so we Filipinos owe him something. He became a pariah during the 80s because of all those terrorist groups Reagan was after. But slowly in the 1990s, beginning with the gulf war, he became something of a moderate (at least in the eyes of the western media.) By 2003, economic sanctions on Libya were being lifted, his terrorist cells were supposedly being called back in exchange for supplying oil to the UK and other countries, he’s been given a seat in the UN security council, also in the mini-UN covering north Africa.
And then he suddenly got beaten up and killed. My reaction was “What???”