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Gadhafi Makes Threats Against Nato If The Air Strikes Are Not Stopped
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Gadhafi Makes Threats Against Nato If The Air Strikes Are Not Stopped

Speaking via telephone to one of the largest groups of supporters in recent months, Moammar Gadhafi decried the rebels in his country as nothing but traitors and cowards and then vowed to take action against the European nations involved in the air strikes that have continued to rip through Libya. He also fired off a shot against the numerous Libyans who have fled the country, many of them going to nearby Tunisia to escape the fighting and the bloodshed. Gadhafi told the gathered masses that those people were now nothing but Tunisian maids.

Supporters of the regime had gathered in Tripoli’s Green Square, the largest such gathering since the unrest began earlier in the year. The embattled leader called on NATO to stop all air strikes and continued military missions and to reopen the lines of communication to end the siege which has caused blood shed and destruction in the North African nation. He went on to promise that if NATO did not comply, then the fighting would be taken to Europe and the results would be catastrophic.

This latest show of defiance comes less than a week after the International Criminal Court announced that arrest warrants had been issued not only for Gadhafi but for Seif al-Islam, one of the leader’s sons and the Libyan Intelligence Chief, Abdullah al-Sanoussi for various crimes against humanity. Among these crimes, are the reports that Gadhafi backed troops fired into a crowd of protesters, killing several of them. There are additional reports that Gadhafi not only ordered the rape of female protesters but gave his soldiers medications so that they could do so.

Both Gadhafi and NATO have accused the other of purposely targeting civilians in their military operations. NATO has apologized for several errant attacks which have caused civilian injuries but cited intelligence which suggest that Gadhafi is hiding his troops and military operations bases in civilian locations on purpose.

Continued talks have failed, mainly because of Gadhafi’s refusal to step down from his leadership with all members of the recent G8 summit signing a unanimous decision that Gadhafi is no longer a viable leader. The summit did give the written support for the uprisings in both the Middle East and North Africa.

Gadhafi’s regime asked Russia to step in and give mediation, but that failed. China and Russia signed a joint resolution which voiced great concerns about the NATO mission in general and the air strikes in particular, asking if they were not overstepping the boundaries that had been established by the UN Security Council.

The rebels are established and working toward Tripoli, the country’s capital city with plans of choking off supplies in and around the city, but their progress has been slow at best. Gadhafi, meanwhile, maintains his stronghold in the city and pushes back the rebel forces from their objective. There was no word on where he was when he phoned in his speech to the gathered supporters.


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