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Gaddafi forces battle for rebel areas
In a speech carried on state TV in Libya, Gaddafi repeated his determination to "fight to the last man and last woman", again claiming popular support for his regime as forces loyal to him fought to wrest cities from control of his opponents. Gaddafi blamed al-Qaida for the 15 days of unrest, and warned thousands of people would die if the US and Nato invaded. "I carried out a revolution in the 70s, handed over power to the people and then rested," he told a loyal audience in Tripoli. Gaddafi said the UN could send fact-finding committees to prove his forces had not fired on peaceful civilians, and said there had been "no protests at all in the east". He said reports of deaths were exaggerated, putting the toll at 150. Other estimates say up to 2,000 have died.
Gadhafi to Obama: Thousands will die in Libya if US intervenes
"Thousands of Libyans" will die if the United States or NATO intervenes, Gadhafi said in a speech this morning. The United States moved warships near Libya. U.S. officials have repeatedly said all options are on the table with regard to Libya but have been careful to avoid saber-rattling. "We are, the United States, preparing for contingencies by moving some assets into the region, primarily focused on the potential humanitarian contingencies that are out there," said White House spokesman Jay Carney. "But as I have said and others have said, our U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said yesterday, we obviously aren't taking any options off the table." Referring to Libya's colonizer in the first half of the 20th century, Gadhafi said, "We will not accept an intervention like that of the Italians that lasted decades." "We will not accept a similar American intervention," Gadhafi said. "This will lead to a bloody war, and thousands of Libyans will die if America and NATO enter Libya." The United States is working with NATO to seek an international response to the violence in Libya.
Originally posted by backinblack
reply to post by BRITWARRIOR
It could just be the fact Gaddafi is killing his own people & hiring mercenaries to kill his own people? if your going to promote democracy & freedom you also need to support it, ben ali & mubarack did not do that should we have stepped in there?
No shortage of other countries and rogue dictators that have and are doing far worse than Gaddafi..
But the US hasn't stepped in...
Don't get me wrong, I hope the US helps those poor people..
I just question their motives given the atrocities they have and do ignore...
Originally posted by BRITWARRIOR
reply to post by schuyler
It can still operate from there should the no fly zone be enforced on Libya, i don't think Aircraft Carriers need to be anchored of shore of Libya to strike it, so in essence is in range
Let's just call a spade a spade--a no fly zone begins with an attack on Libya to destroy the air defenses. That's how you do a no fly zone."