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Posted by wmmbb in North Africa.

Muammar Gaddafi is blaming bin Laden, the young and drugs for the recent events in Libya in an address over the State television broadcaster. (Apparently the speech was made by phone – can you believe it. I did not understand what I was watching).

This probably marks the end of the road for his regime. His family, if they have not left, should have left by now, but where would they go?

Al Jazeera reports:

Muammar Gaddafi, the Libyan leader, has said in a speech on Libyan state television that al-Qaeda is responsible for the uprising in Libya.

“It is obvious now that this issue is run by al-Qaeda,” he said, speaking from an unknown location.

He said that the protesters were young people who were being manipulated by al-Qaeda, and that many were doing so under the influence of drugs.

“No one above the age of 20 would actually take part in these events,” he said.

“They are taking advantage of the young age of these people [to commit violent acts] because they are not legally liable!” Gaddafi said.

He called on Libyan parents to keep their children at home.

The situation in Libya was different to Egypt or Tunisia he said, arguing that unlike people in the neighbouring countries, Libyans have “no reason to complain whatsoever”.

Although bizarre, that is the coherent explanation. The BBC via ABC 24 gave a translated version of his speech, that I noted in part. It is not as connected as it should be. But here is what I was able to note. I did not hear the whole address:

“. . .a respectable man does not use arms against people, those young people are affected by drugs and listening to bin Laden. [He appeals to the rule of law. Drugs, rock and roll, who knows it sounds somewhat disorganized.] “You should not allow your children to behave the way they are now. This is nonsense what is going on. Have you not remorse about what is going on. We have religious people in this country . . . they are people you should listen to. There should be no mercy against bin Laden and his people. They are responsible for the turmoil in the country. How can you keep quiet about what is going on? These are your sons. They are attacking police stations. This caused by drugs. . . . What we are seeing in the county now is lead by al Qaeda and bin Laden. Do you want bin Laden to control you. . . If you lose the wealth provided by oil and petrol what is going to happen to you? . . . A new way of thinking of should prevail in the country. You have the initiative to deal with your own affairs as you wish. . . The people are telling me that those people who have taken your children away from you . . . they are telling your children not to listen to their fathers and mothers. . .

Gaddafi also made the explicit claim that his opponents were “terrorists”.

(There are connections between what are now separate posts. The EAW’s which Assange is caught up by, and presumably there would have been pre-existing procedures to deal with his situation, were a response to the Global War on Terrorism to which Gaddafi is making explicit reference to the extent he is addressing an international audience. I notice that he is using his former bombed out house as his backdrop – a reference the Libyans get but sometimes the international viewers miss.)


Emad Mekay writing for Inter Press Services, via AntiWar.com makes the point that Gaddafi statements are very similar to those of Mubarak (and Suleiman). The failure of repression and the issue of economic inequality will be of concern to other oil states.

Paul Woodward describes Muammar Gaddafi’s “dialogue with death”. He has nowhere to go, partly because of the the Lockerbie allegations, not to mention the murder he has unleashed on the Libyan people.


Gaddafi has made another this speech. This time in person, according to Al Jazeera in which he said he would arm his supporters against those protesting against his government, although he denies this proposition. Gaddafi is unconscionable. Why so? How does that happen to any human person?



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