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Confused Ghaddafi threatens more war

Libyan leader Moammar Ghaddafi speaking on state TV

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afrol News, 22 February
- Colonel Moammar Ghaddafi in a televised speech, looking confused, screamed to his people he would "not leave this country and die as a martyr" of his own revolution.

The Libyan leader on a direct speech on state TV appeared more hysteric than rational, screaming messages of hatred to protesters, the media and foreign countries, insisting he himself was a great leader of progress all over Africa and Latin America.

Between the screaming, Mr Ghaddafi occasionally gasped and sighing - with TV cameras turning away from the moved leader - over the "conspiracy" against him and his revolution.

"I will not leave this country and die as a martyr" in Libya, he swore, promising more war against the protesting population. He would fight "to the last drop of blood," he announced.

"If I was the President, maybe I would have offered you my resignation here and now," he said. "But I am not and I will fight to the last drop of blood," he added, referring to him being the "Leader of the Libyan revolution."

The visibly confused Libyan leader recalled his many fights against "foreign imperialist" and how he had "stood up against" America, saying these imperialists now were the same forces trying to stir riot in Libya. The Libyan people needed to protect the past victories against "colonial forces". He himself, would "not surrender."

"Who are you?" he asked the protesting people. On and on again, Colonel Ghaddafi accused the people of being ignorant about the real forces behind the unrest. "Where were you during .." the battle against this an that enemy, he asked the prot

Libyan leader Moammar Ghaddafi on state TV, reading from a law book

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esting people.

"All the people should go out the streets. I am the head of the revolution," he screamed. "Go out of your house now," he ordered citizens, to "defend the achievements of the revolution." "You are millions; they are tens," he insisted.

He went on saying that the people "losing the lives of their children" did not know for what reason they fought. They were following "the rats" abroad, sitting comfortly and watching as people lost their children in Libya, he claimed, urging people to get out of their homes and into the streets to fight back.

"Go out in the streets. Chase [the protesters]! Take away their arms! Turn them into security agents," Colonel Ghadaffi urged Libyans. All those behind the protests "shall be punished with death sentences," he added, reading from the Libyan law code. "No mercy will be shown."

The Libyan leader - looking more and more confused and nervous, like he was under drug influence - however made no promises of reforms, as his son Saif al-Islam had indicated in a TV speech two days ago. He rather seemed disillusioned about his own people.

In several sighs of disappointment, Colonel Ghaddafi was asking the Libyan people, including one name tribes' leader after the other, where they were. "We know each other; we are friends; where are you?" It was time for them to come out now, he made in a last desperate appeal and unwanted display of isolation.

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