I am not forgetting his evil deeds, I am well aware of those, such as a public show trial and hanging of a young student after said student returned from the USA and was accused of being a spy.
However, my point was merely if the means justified the goal. In Gaddafi’s coup, he overthrew an evil government through peaceful means. Again, by the previously established moral standard that was justified.
Any actions of him afterwards do not negate the point since you cannot accurately predict which actions will be taken post-revolution. Castro presented himself as pro American and pro capitalist before his revolution, touring the U.S., and we know how that turned out.
The immorality of post-revolutionary action does not discredit the morality of the revolution itself.
Meanwhilst, we have the revolution that overthrew him. Resulting in over 30,000 people killed according to the National Transitional Council, though numbers vary due to the difficulties of getting accurate information in the current chaos. Over 30,000 (+/-), and tens of thousands more permanent injuries, such as a lost leg, eye, hand, mental scars, youths with PTSD. A nation traumatized. Water supplies bombed.
That, to me, was not moral. They decided upon radical action for radical change, and people suffered because of it, people’s rights were ignored for the sake of a violent revolution.
A violent revolution that wasn’t necessary. Jordan, as was Libya, was one of many nations taken by the Arab Spring, and she had major constitutional- and governmental changes, with “only” 2 dead. Which to me is still too many, but they attacked a police stations and were thus resorting to radical action.
You state “they were left with no recourse”, but this is simply not true. My previous point already proves that there were peaceful ways to achieve positive change. The government in the first days already had people resigning, a 20 billion dollar fund for housing development was set up, but then race riots happened, as well as marchers destroying cars, throwing Molotov cocktails in public squares, attack police armed with tear gas, rubber bullets and water cannons. Did these revolutionaries want peaceful change? No, they pursuit armed rebellion, radical action, and one can still see the result of that today.
EDIT: 'Said ‘Afterwards’ twice in a row in the same sentence.