Qaddafi Sees Attack As “Christian Crusade”; Promises “A Long War”
Now that U.S. and allied forces have fired on Tripoli, Libya’s leader says he is ready, and the war will be long, and sees the attack in religious terms.
Vowing that Libyans will fight to the death as martyrs but ultimately be victorious, Qaddafi proclaimed, “This is the best moment in our life. We are going to be victorious in every town in Libya. We will fight, we will target any traitor who is co-operating with the Americans or Christian crusade.”
He called the international coalition serving to enforce United Nations Resolution 1973 the “New Crusade.”
“All nations are against this foreign intervention,” he said. “If you want a long war, we will be ready.
“You were defeated in Somalia, you were defeated in Vietnam, you were defeated in Iraq, Iran and so on. You will be defeated, and there is no way back for you.”
“You can’t do anything in Afghanistan. Bin Laden defeated you – this weak man – you have used all your resources and now you are ready to leave. The same in Libya. You will not leave victorious.”Click here for reuse options!
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