Skip to comments.Qaddafi Warns of Carrying Out Attacks in Europe
Posted on 07/01/2011 1:45:27 PM PDT by MissesBush
A defiant Muammar al-Qaddafi threatened Friday to carry out attacks in Europe against "homes, offices, families," unless NATO halts its campaign of airstrikes against his regime in Libya.
The Libyan leader, sought by the International Criminal Court for a brutal crackdown on anti-government protesters, delivered the warning in a telephone message played to thousands of supporters gathered in the main square of the capital Tripoli.
It was one of the largest pro-government rallies in recent months, signaling that Qaddafi can still muster significant support. A green cloth, several hundred meters long and held aloft by supporters, snaked above the crowd filling Tripoli's Green Square. Green is Libya's national color.
March 16: Seif al-Islam Qaddafi, son of Libyan Leader Muammar al-Qaddafi, smiles during a TV interview in Tripoli.
Qaddafi spoke from an unknown location in a likely sign of concern over his safety. Addressing the West, Qaddafi warned that Libyans might take revenge for NATO bombings.
"These people (the Libyans) are able to one day take this battle ... to Europe, to target your homes, offices, families, which would become legitimate military targets, like you have targeted our homes," he said.
"We can decide to treat you in a similar way," he said of the Europeans. "If we decide to, we are able to move to Europe like locusts, like bees. We advise you to retreat before you are dealt a disaster."
It was not immediately clear whether Qaddafi could make good on such threats.
In the past, Qaddafi supported various militant groups, including the IRA and several Palestinian factions, while Libyan agents were blamed for attacks in Europe, including a Berlin disco bombing in 1986 and the downing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, that killed 270 people, mostly Americans. Libya later acknowledged responsibility for Lockerbie.
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The article states further:
In recent years, however, Qaddafi was believed to have severed his ties with extremist groups when he moved to reconcile with Europe and the United States.
Al-Qaida and other jihadi groups have opposed Qaddafi since he cracked down in the late 1990s on the Islamist Libyan Islamic Fighting Group which sought to replace his regime with an Islamic state.
Remember how Dems said Saddam fought and was opposed by Al Qaeda and Islamic radicals and that we should have left him in place for that reason? Why don't these same DemoCrites make that same argument against Obama's attempts at regime change in Libya?
Because The One can do no wrong.
If Qaddafi does that it will mean troops on the ground in Libya.
“If we decide to, we are able to move to Europe like locusts,...”
THAT I can believe.
I thought that, according to the Obama Administration’s propaganda, Qaddafi’s departure was imminent? Maybe if they keep engaging in magical thinking in foreign and domestic affairs, it will all come true?
Poking a hornet's nest can get you stung. D'uh.
But would that still be a kinetic action not subject to the War Powers Act?
This is just so wrong. Qadaffi was belligerent, but then Bush showed we have no more tolerance for terrorism and he did a 180 very quickly, denouncing terrorism, stopping his WMD programs, everything. Now how does he get repaid? With absolutely no threat against us, we attack his country in the middle of a civil war on the side of the opposition.
He does that, and the Europeans suddenly remember that they know how to aim. He’s quite lucky that OTAN hasn’t decided yet (!) what they want to do in Lybia; carrying out attacks on the continent may cause them to make out their minds.
In 1986 President Reagan authorized one air strike on Libya. Qaddifi was quiet and peaceful until this stuff happened.
If he attacks NATO we are obliged under the treaty. Kinetic action is BS Obama is using.
Being as pro-war as I am (I even supported us finishing the job in Vietnam) I still struggle to muster an ounce of support for this whole Libyan campaign we're involved with. And because of that, it just cannot be the right thing to do what we're doing. It's the first war I'm 100% against. I actually managed to find just a little bit of support for the Clinton European war though I was never 100% in support of it.
But this Libyan war... sorry... I still struggle with the whole idea. We do NOT belong there!
Relax, have a beer it was just another lie told by the liar-in-chief and totally expected when his lips started moving.
Maybe the Europeans can start drafting people and sinking some of their GNP into the military for a change. Lot of young people can be put to work—even some Arabs might join the cause. They have little love for Qaddafi.
“He does that, and the Europeans suddenly remember that they know how to aim.”
Aim what? A British 3 inch butter knife? A 45 y/o fat, gay sgt from the Netherlands with his 14 comrades and their WW11 gear?
Unfortunately the Eurabians did not support the action in Afghanistan with more troops and gear because that was just about all they had to send. I guess France could send their aircraft carrier if the propellers would stay on. Or the British could send one of theirs if they had planes.., oops. I forgot, they will just call the Americans... again. I hope nobody answers the phone (because they are out golfing!)
This would be enough for NATO to decide to send in a large ground force to remove Qadaffi.
If Qadaffi does attack Europe, it would be the same as Al Qaeda attacking the US during 9/11. We would be required by treaty to send in ground forces.