I came across this surprising article today - Gadhafi of Libya had contacted the US before the coalition bombing campaign which also armed various rebel groups that are still at war.
He offered a peaceful transfer of power where he woudl abdicate and go into exile - he even took "confidence building" measures of moving his armed forces away from the cities.
He recieved no response and eventually after the passing of a UN resolution to "protect civilians" the Western coalition of nations, mainly France and the UK went to war to oust him.
Libya has remained broken and in chaos ever since.
Now I am not here to sing the virtues of Gadhafi, but if he was willing to go, there was no need for the subsequent bloodshed (and his lynching becomes convenient to keep him silent).
Thousands have died becase of these events by nations including France but no one will tweet "JeSuisLibya".