April 28, 2004


I may back terror again, says Gaddafi (Robin Gedye, The Telegraph, 28/04/04)

The Libyan leader, Col Muammar Gaddafi, dented his return from pariah status on his first visit to Europe yesterday in 15 years by warning the European Union that he hoped Libya would never have to go back to supporting terrorism.

In a 45-minute harangue in Brussels, flanked by a group of photogenic women bodyguards, he will have caused anxiety to those who have welcomed him back to the fold.

"I hope that we shall not be prompted or obliged by any evil to go back or to look backwards," he said after defending his past support for militant third world freedom fighters.

"We do hope that we shall not be obliged or forced one day to go back to those days when we bombed our cars or put explosive belts around our beds and around our women so that we will not be searched and not be harassed in our bedrooms and in our homes, as it is taking place now in Iraq and in Palestine."[...]

Col Gaddafi, wearing a fez and a grey-green robe, clearly revelled in all the attention as he waved and smiled at more than 200 dancing supporters when he arrived at the commission building. After talks and lunch with Mr Prodi and a meeting with Guy Verhofstadt, the Belgian prime minister, he was to spend the night in a black Bedouin tent, complete with satellite dish, pitched in the grounds of a Belgian government residence.

When fighting to bring freedom and democracy to the Middle East, it helps to keep a long term perspective.

Posted by Peter Burnet at April 28, 2004 2:15 PM

Gaddafi is actually Robert Palmer?

Posted by: mike earl at April 28, 2004 3:55 PM

Or be a Pollyanna.

Posted by: Harry Eagar at April 28, 2004 11:11 PM

It's called extortion (and intimidation).

"Don't make me do this!"
(i.e., fly jets into tall buildings, bomb nightclubs, blow up buses, trains, schoolbuses,
what have you, terrorize entire populations, murder (Sudanese, Algerian, Iraqi, Afghan, Israeli, American, you name it) civilians, develop WMD and threaten countries with destruction, etc., etc.)

"And if I do have to do it, it's all your fault!"

They're very good at it.

Seems that the entire political culture (and perhaps otherwise) is based on it.

And we've been accepting it, so why not, really?....

Posted by: Barry Meislin at April 29, 2004 1:56 AM
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