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Gadhafi And Nato Trade Accusations With One Another

Moammar Gadhafi is claiming that NATO’s bombing missions are targeting civilians specifically. NATO is claiming that Gadhafi is using civilians, especially women and children as human shields to hide his military operations. The ongoing debate continues, with NATO hopes for Gadhafi’s step down grow dim. Russia is reportedly still working on diplomatic discussions, but there has been no progression in those talks in recent days. If anything, Gadhafi is becoming even more defiant. Russia and China have both signed a declaration in regard to the growing concerns about the repeated air strikes.

The verbal sparring heated up after recent explosions in Tripoli rocked several buildings, including one that was described as part of the university. A young student there, speaking English to the reporters was being prompted in Arabic by a government official to make sure that he did not say the “wrong” thing during his first hand accounting of what had happened. This attack spurred Gadhafi to blast NATO in a number of speeches, including one that was piped in via telephone and played over loud speakers to thousands of protesters in Tripoli.

NATO’s spokesperson, Oana Lungescu decried Gadhafi’s charges that NATO was targeting civilians as “outrageous”. Originally, NATO had been using darkness for their bombing missions but daytime raids are becoming more and more intense as well as more frequent. British air strikes took out several heavily armored trucks, badly damaging another in the convoy. Those missions were flown in response to government pressure against the rebel troops, including cutting off the water and electric to a densely populated, rebel held territory.

Libyan Prime Minister, Al-Baghadi al Mahmoudi has announced that NATO is not only targeting civilian targets but is taking this to a whole new level of aggression. Numbers released by the Libya Health Ministry have said that there are 856 civilian deaths caused by NATO air strikes since the missions were started. This number has not been confirmed by any other source, however.

Gadhafi’s own son had claimed earlier in the previous week that his father would be willing to step down if there were elections and provided that he lost those elections, a claim that was largely scoffed at by Libyan officials and by foreign leaders as well. The Prime Minister dismissed the offer saying that there was no need for such a concession because Gadhafi did not hold an official title or office in the country and had not since 1977.

There is continued debate about whether any of the NATO allies have the funds to continue the support of the Libyan rebels. There is also ongoing debate about whether any of these actions are even legal. In the US, public opinion about involvement in the dispute has been growing more and more hostile.

Gadhafi has been reportedly also advocating rape in an effort to demoralize the rebels and protesters, allegedly going so far as to give drugs to the soldiers so that they are more inclined to carry out this order.


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