West will end in "dustbin of history", Qaddafi says

Published: March 23, 2011
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Muammar Qaddafi says western powers pounding Libya's defences will wind up in the "dustbin of history". PHOTO: AFP

Muammar Qaddafi says western powers pounding Libya's defences will wind up in the "dustbin of history". PHOTO: AFP

TRIPOLI: Western powers pounding Libya’s defences will wind up in the dustbin of history, said leader Muammar Qaddafi as his troops held back rebel advances despite four nights of attacks from the air.

While Western air power has grounded Qaddafi’s planes and pushed back his troops and armour from the brink of rebel stronghold Benghazi, disorganised and poorly equipped insurgents have failed to capitalise on the ground and remain pinned down.

The rebels have been unable to dislodge Qaddafi’s forces from the key junction of Ajdabiyah in the east, while government tanks dominate the last big rebel hold-out of Misrata. There is big risk of stalemate on the ground, analysts say.

At least two explosions were heard in the Libyan capital Tripoli before dawn on Wednesday, Reuters witnesses said. The roar of a fighter jet was heard above the city and a barrage of anti-aircraft gunfire lit up the predawn sky.

“We will not surrender,” Qaddafi earlier told supporters forming a human shield to protect him at his Tripoli compound.

“We will defeat them by any means … We are ready for the fight, whether it will be a short or a long one … We will be victorious in the end,” he said in a live television broadcast, his first public appearance for a week.

“This assault … is by a bunch of fascists who will end up in the dustbin of history,” Qaddafi said in a speech followed by fireworks in the Libyan capital as crowds cheered and supporters fired guns into the air.

The Libyan government denies its army is conducting any offensive operations and says troops are only fighting to defend themselves when they come under attack, but rebels and residents say Qaddafi’s tanks have kept up their shelling of Misrata in the west, killing 40 people on Monday alone, and also attacked the small town of Zintan on the border with Tunisia.

It was impossible to independently verify the reports.

Rebels bogged down

The siege of Misrata, now weeks old, is becoming increasingly desperate, with water cut off for days and food running out, doctors operating on patients in hospital corridors and many of the wounded left untreated or simply turned away.

“The situation in the local hospital is disastrous,” said a Misrata doctor in a statement. “The doctors and medical teams are exhausted beyond human physical ability and some of them cannot reach the hospital because of tanks and snipers.”

The rebel effort in east Libya meanwhile was bogged down outside Ajdabiyah, with no movement on the strategic town since Qaddafi’s remaining tanks holed up there after the government’s armoured advance along the open road to Benghazi was blown to bits by French air strikes on Saturday night.

Hiding in the sand dunes from the tank fire coming from the town, the rebels are without heavy weapons, leadership, communication, or even a plan.

While Western countries remain reluctant to commit ground troops who could guide in close air strikes, it remains to be seen whether the rebel’s bravado and faith in God can take towns and advance towards their target of capturing Tripoli.

Agreement on NATO role

Western warplanes have flown more than 300 sorties over Libya and more than 162 Tomahawk cruise missiles have been fired in the United Nations-mandated mission to protect Libyan civilians against government troops.

Defence analysts say the no-fly zone over Libya could end up costing the coalition more than $1 billion if the operations drags on more than a couple of months.

Obama said the allies should be able to announce soon that they have achieved the objective of creating the no-fly zone.

But, he said, Qaddafi would present a potential threat to his people “unless he is willing to step down.”

“We will continue to support the efforts to protect the Libyan people. But we will not be in the lead,” Obama said.

Obama, facing questions at home about the Libyan mission, duration and cost, wants the United States to give up operational control of enforcing the no-fly zone within days.

Obama spoke with French President Nicolas Sarkozy and British Prime Minister David Cameron on Tuesday and they agreed NATO should play an important role in enforcing the Libyan no-fly zone, the White House said.

France had been against a NATO role for fear of alienating Arab support, while Turkey had also opposed the alliance taking a command role as it said air strikes had already overstepped what was authorised by the United Nations. But both countries’ objections had been overcome, U.S. officials said.

The plan is for NATO’s command structure to be used for the operations under the political leadership of a “steering body” made up of Western and Arab nations members of the alliance policing Libya’s skies, diplomats said.

Libya ordered the release of three journalists who had been missing in the country, including two working with Agence France-Presse and a Getty Images photographer, Getty said.

The news came a day after Libya released four New York Times journalists captured by Libyan forces.

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  • Mar 23, 2011 - 10:51AM

    Most certainly agree with the good Col.Recommend

  • Mar 23, 2011 - 11:52AM

    The revolution in Libya is justified and the citizens cannot be called ‘rebels’ but are in fact FREEDOM FIGHTERS. Of course Mr. Gaddafi will cal them rebels because they have challenged his writ and are questioning the lagality of his unneccessarily long stay. Forty-one years on the saddle of unbridled power and authority. It is surprising he did not get thoroughly bored and run out of ideas (the only idea he ever had, the Ukrainian nurse).

    He talks of the ‘dustbin of history’. Okay! But who will be the constituents in that dustbin? Undoubtedly the USA, Hosni Mubarak, Muammar Gaddafi, Suharto, Zine Al Abedinne, Yemen’s ruler and other present day Islamic leaders who have not respected the family next door. The Muslim leaders must be taught one very common sense axiom, which is, ” CHANGE IS INEVITABLE, DO NOT RESIST IT.” Obviously their cryptic minds do not grasp these meaningful words.

    The wanton killing of his countrymen will not go down well in Islamic history and Gaddafi had better start making plans for a hasty back door disappearance before fate catches up with him. Salams for 2011.Recommend

  • bunny
    Mar 23, 2011 - 11:55AM

    Mr Qadaffiii….earlier you were allie for them and now speaking against them….why the hell our leaders does not leaders does not learn…..that as soon as they are of no importance these western powers push them with the wall…..Recommend

  • Jay
    Mar 23, 2011 - 12:20PM

    Oh this guy is just high-quality entertainment… what a fool!!! Feel sorry for the Libyans to have suffered such a nut-case leader for decades! Col G, keep living in your fool’s paradise!! Recommend

  • A
    Mar 23, 2011 - 12:26PM

    Salute the Qadaffi, Brave Heart….Number one Muslim…not a puppet like others. Salutation to his honor………………Salute. We are with you..crash WEST and USA black sheeps. Hat West and USA Allies, to Save Humanity.Recommend

  • Noor Lodi
    Mar 23, 2011 - 12:49PM

    Delusions of grandeur!Recommend

  • Uza Syed
    Mar 23, 2011 - 12:59PM

    Sounds familiar, haven’t we heared such lunatic prophecies before ——- thaink about our own homegrown crazy Qadafis! Recommend

  • Kazmis
    Mar 23, 2011 - 1:50PM

    Final destination of Western forces is SAHARA DESERT, where they entered them selves.Recommend

  • chandran
    Mar 23, 2011 - 2:25PM

    i also hate USA foregin policy throw them out from the indian sub-continentRecommend

  • believer in global liberty, equality, fraternity
    Mar 23, 2011 - 3:07PM

    @Nazir Habib:
    why should Qaddafi leave? why not the stooges of the west? you are utterly mistaken. these rebels are no different from those who served imperialist agenda in the past in helping outside imperialists from Europe in occupying lands in Asia, Africa and Latin America. you seem to be one of them, raising issues at time time when you should be focusing on informing people of Libya of a new imperialist attempt to enslave their countries. people of asia, africa and latin america have already suffered a lot partly because of fools like you. people like you can only see the back of history when it moves ahead and leave novices like you behind.

    My dear dear dear Asians, Africans and Latin Americans: beware of the 21st century blood thirsty western imperialism bent on destroying you with their weapons of destruction( planes, missiles) and deception ( electronic media and intellectuals like our very “learned-ignorant” Nazir Habib)Recommend

  • believer in global liberty, equality, fraternity
    Mar 23, 2011 - 3:17PM

    @Jay:
    fool? who? no one else but you. people of Asia. Africa and Latin America, never believe in the west’s weapons of mass deception: CNN, BBC, VOA etc. use your own wits, instead.Recommend

  • believer in global liberty, equality, fraternity
    Mar 23, 2011 - 3:24PM

    @Uza Syed:
    hello syed? are you a real syed? don’t seem so to me. should you at this stage implicitly support the west by opposing Qaddafi at a time when his country is being bombarded by the Goliath of today? please don’t use the word “syed” with your name if you believe in supporting a cruel force like NATO.Recommend

  • believer in global liberty, equality, fraternity
    Mar 23, 2011 - 3:42PM

    from Hiroshima and Nagasaki to Vietnam and Iraq, Afghanistan and now Libya, western imperialism has always relied on TWO things:1. weapons of (SOMETIMES mass) destruction: bombards, missiles, tanks etc 2. weapons of (ALWAYS mass) deception: print and electronic media. wake up or you all will be wiped out one by one.Recommend

  • Jay
    Mar 23, 2011 - 4:18PM

    @A: Are you for real??? gasp Recommend

  • Jay
    Mar 23, 2011 - 4:22PM

    @believer in global liberty, equality, fraternity: Just read your ‘nick’ again… seriously??? And what have you done to prove all that?? any achievements? any practical claim?? As for the west, well they are doing whatever they can to expand and build on what they have… what are so-called muslim nations doing…. apart from oppressing their own people and few powerful people living in luxury!! What have you got to say about that, believer?? Only believing in something is not enough… unless you have a plan and will to sacrifice for implementation of it… what’s your plan??? Recommend

  • Jay
    Mar 23, 2011 - 4:25PM

    @believer in global liberty, equality, fraternity: Secondly you need to learn the rules and ethics of debating online… getting personal, e.g., asking someone if they are real Syed, shows the weak constitution of your mind and personality and of course your upbringing… or lack of it!! Learn some manners first and then come to debate!! Recommend

  • Jay
    Mar 23, 2011 - 4:38PM

    @believer in global liberty, equality, fraternity: As for your reference to the weapons of destruction and deception… they are able to do all that because in muslim nations all around the world there is a complete lack of intention, intellect, will and sincerity to safeguard our own people!! What is Saudi Arabia doing?? Are you not aware of it?? Why do we close our eyes when it comes to SA??? Just because Islam started from there and the holy kaaba is there?? Does that justify the atrocities and the malice that the Saudi royalty has unleashed on its people and other muslim nations by several means… ba*!! What have you got to say about a country like Brunei which is oil richest in the world and has NEVER come to aid any muslim country in the world in its time of distress?? Open your eyes and study history first!! It would do you some benefit to listen to this video clipping: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8AyAzrBVW0… listen to it carefully and you may learn something!!! Stop living in the fool’s paradise!! Recommend

  • Raja
    Mar 23, 2011 - 8:47PM

    He is announcing this FROM the Dust Bin.Recommend

  • G. Din
    Mar 24, 2011 - 2:54AM

    @Hussain Syed:
    “This is coming from a 15 year old,”
    Hey, 15 year old! You seem to have great promise! Don’t lose it on your way to being a grown-up!Recommend

  • Roflcopter
    Mar 24, 2011 - 3:28AM

    lol Col Qaddafi is awesomeRecommend

  • sudhir
    Mar 24, 2011 - 6:48AM

    Don’t u remember Saddam propheced the same. Recommend

  • Realist
    Mar 24, 2011 - 10:44AM

    It is Good Colonel’s own fault. An oil rich country, lacking a capable Air defense Network and Air force is just pathetic. In 40 years, if he couldn’t even muster a credible Air defesne against the likes of France and Britain, then he deserves what is happening to him.Recommend

  • Uza Syed
    Mar 24, 2011 - 1:32PM

    @believer in global liberty, equality, fraternity: Syed! It’s part of my name thus must be mentioned — by the way, it’s no source of any extra personal pleasure-pride-honour. As far as being a “real” or unreal Syed is concerned —– I’m as much as any of the syeds of the sub-continent with their true original ancestry (not adulterated by any romance!) which just couldn’t be anything but Jains, Budhist or Hindu — you know what I mean? But, let’s suppose I happen to come from the ‘Truest’ & ‘Purest’ of Syed Lineage, how does it obligate me to stop thinking and being reasonable? You may love this barbaric demon Qadafi; I wish his total destruction and I don’t care who causes it. He is a dictator who usurped power in 1968 – 69 there and since then ruled through terror and now actively killing his own helpless people with all the might of the state. Recommend

  • Uza Syed
    Mar 24, 2011 - 2:21PM

    @Realist: Air Defense Network, Air Force are for the cowards — this man is a brave soldier ‘our savior’ and he can boast and bark. That’s why he has —– well, he has a collection of nurses from Ukrain and blond, too; and he also has a Brigade of ‘Young-and-beautiful’ commandos at his disposal —— Nurses to nurse his very ‘personal needs’ and of course ‘the brigade’ to protect him. Vow, the man worked hard enough to make sure that he, at least, dies in the company of ‘young-and-beutiful’. Recommend

  • Mar 25, 2011 - 9:23PM

    Col Qaddafi is a true Muslim and an example to others because he stashed billions of dollars in foreign banks and his gold reserves are again running into billion dollars. People should not see the world with the coloured glasses of religion. Recommend

  • mussarat hussain
    Mar 26, 2011 - 1:55AM

    I still remember leaders like Idi Amin of Uganda, Raza Shah of Iran, Saddam Hussain of Iraq and finally ousted Egyptian leader had similar “seizures” very much often before they were kicked out by the people.

    They “must” remember that God belongs to entire universe and every “action” has its “reaction”.
    History repeats itself and never forgive usurpers of Human Rights.

    Those leaders lick sole of shoes of West while when in power, forget their people in hey days
    and start criticising West when fear kicking out of power by the people.

    This is neither Islam nor Democracy.

    Mussarat HussainRecommend

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