Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Libya: Col Gaddafi says country 'ready for battle, be it long or short’



Libyan leader Col Muammar Gaddafi made a late night speech in Tripoli on Tuesday to state the country was “ready for battle, be it long or short”.

The dictator made the address at his Bab al-Aziziya compound that was attacked by coalition air strikes on Sunday.

“We will win this battle,” Gaddafi told a crowd of supporters. “The most powerful air defence, the most powerful air defence is the people. Here are the people. Al-Gaddafi is in the middle of the people. This is the air defence.”

Gaddafi said there was a “new crusader battle launched by crusader countries on Islam”.

The speech marked Gaddafi’s first public appearance since March 15, before the air strikes began, although since then he has issued recorded audio remarks and granted interviews.

The event was followed by fireworks in the Libyan capital. Crowds could be heard cheering and shooting into the air in the city centre. (read more)