Gaddafi Threatens To Attack Europe If NATO Airstrikes Continue

Just four days after the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Hague issued arrest warrants for Libyan leader Colonel Muammar el-Gaddafi, his son Saif al-Islam, and Libyan intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi for crimes against humanity, the embattled Libyan leader threatened to carry out attacks in Europe unless NATO stops its campaign of airstrikes against his regime.

Gaddafi delivered his threat in a telephone address to thousands of supporters who had gathered in Tripoli’s Green Square on Friday in what’s being called one of the largest pro-government rallies in recent weeks, and a sign, as the AP noted, that embattled or not, he still has the capability of mustering “significant support.”  MSNBC reported Gaddafi vowed to stay in power and warned the NATO-led alliance to stop its air war or face “catastrophe.” He also denounced the ICC’s arrest warrant against him. Gaddafi spoke from an “unknown location in a likely sign of concern over his safety,” the AP reported.

“We advise you to retreat before you face a catastrophe,” Gaddafi said in his address to the crowd of supporters, who  waved green flags and posters of the Libyan leader, according to MSNBC. “I advise you to ground your planes … and to hold discussions with the Libyan people,” Gaddafi said.

The AP also excerpted Gaddafi’s speech:

“These people (the Libyans) are able to one day take this battle … to Europe, to target your homes, offices, families, which would become legitimate military targets, like you have targeted our homes,” he said.

“We can decide to treat you in a similar way,” he said of the Europeans. “If we decide to, we are able to move to Europe like locusts, like bees. We advise you to retreat before you are dealt a disaster.”

Whether or not Gaddafi can actually make good on such threats is unclear. As the AP also pointed out:

In the past, Gadhafi supported various militant groups, including the IRA and several Palestinian factions, while Libyan agents were blamed for attacks in Europe, including a Berlin disco bombing in 1986 and the downing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, that killed 270 people, mostly Americans. Libya later acknowledged responsibility for Lockerbie.

In recent years, however, Gadhafi was believed to have severed his ties with extremist groups when he moved to reconcile with Europe and the United States.

Al-Qaida and other jihadi groups have opposed Gadhafi since he cracked down in the late 1990s on the Islamist Libyan Islamic Fighting Group which sought to replace his regime with an Islamic state.

Gaddafi also denounced the rebels in his speech, calling them traitors and blaming them for Libya’s troubles. MSNBC also reported the Libyan leader ‘urged his supporters to “march on the western mountains” to clear the area of weapons the French government delivered to the rebels there several days ago.’

Related reading:

War Crimes Warrant Issued For Gaddafi

Libya Update: Fierce Fighting Near Tripoli

Kerry And McCain Offer Bipartisan Resolution on Libya

Photo courtesy of BRQ via Flickr


jane richmond
jane richmond6 years ago

Where is he??? Check that hole in the ground.

Dave Tohunga
Dave te tohunga6 years ago

& when some country like Russia or China wants UN support to bomb the US for using Predator drones, DU ordinance, assassination squads, torture, invasion, civilian massacres etc etc the principle will have been well and truly established.
'Let one without sin cast the 1st stone' the 1st Christian said and was ignored by every so called Christian in the US, just as every other christian principle has been ground under the jackboots by the military industrial complex whose propaganda sycophants proclaim it a 'christian nation.
The US has committed more atrocities than Libya despite lies to the contrary

Jonathan Y.
Jonathan Y6 years ago

He is alluding no doubt to guerilla warfare, possible bomb plots. Al-Qaeda doesn't have a monopoly on terrorism. He is probably counting on the many Lybians who already live in Southern Europe.

Funny thing is though, most of them have been advising the Europeans to get rid of him. They can clearly see the difference between the democracies where they live, and Lybia under Gadaffi.

clara H.
Clara Hamill6 years ago

I don't think Gaddafi has much to strike people with. Wait Al-Qaida is against him also why not get them fight him and kill two birds with one stone.

Grace Adams
Grace Adams6 years ago

I suspect a good half of our military spending is to make us the biggest bully in the world. We should not need to be the world's biggest bully. If we could just stop bullying other countries, we should be able to cut our defense spending about in half. Most arms and armaments manufacturers could just as well make wind turbines, solar panels, and the accessories needed to integrate them into the grid. And half our budget for petroleum products for the military could go into contracts with one or more oil companies to make bio-diesel from algae instead to replenish our strategic reserve. I know we need corporate welfare, but we should at least be able to get more constructive products than arms and armaments for our corporate welfare dollars.

paul h.
paul h6 years ago

Do the research folks ... do not just have an emotional reaction.

Finica is thinking ... and focusing on some important fundamentals.

Ask yourself why the powers that be (the one's behind the throne and are in essence the puppet masters), DO NOT LIKE/Want Lybia/Gaddafi to:

1) have a nationalised Oil industry where the people actually benefit directly.
2) set a gold standard with an actual real value (the Gold Dinar) whereas other countries who should know better have a fiat (fictional) value based on printing Paper money that no one really knows what it inherent value is.
3) have the Lybians refuse to set up a Centralised (rothschild) Bank and therefore have 'banksters' on their doorstep.
4)set up an integrated African Union where, heaven forbid, they may be able to act as a decent competitor in the world (read egocentric American interests)

And ask youself why 53 AU states unilaterally voted against ICC charges of being a criminal.
Sorry, the ICC is rigged because they do not like where Gaddafi is going in helping Libyans/Africans, They want to take away his power base (Oil).
The first shipment of oil from Benghazi from the 'rebels' (which ironically includes AlQueda) was a tanker full of oil to good old U S of A.

Wake up America. Do the Research!!!

Robert Tedders
Robert T6 years ago

WHAT exactly is MSN!?! Frankly, I would've been more in favour of this Lybia-style intervention against Iraq back in '03. It would've only cost fuel, $$$ and flying hours, rather than the civillian lives lost in Iraq since '03 - although admittedly Al-Quaeda was responsible for lot of those....

Finica Daniel Radu

I'm not sure but I'll never find what is exactly the difference between murder?! If europe or nato or other country's are going there to kill people ...well then it doesn't matter who is killing who as long nobody stops the massacre. I'm not pro for killing not even the biggest serial killer on the planet. Never in the history of this planet has any murder of anytime really helped something. We were killing each other 5000 years ago..we are still doing it in the present! One should understand that there isn't nothing close to civilization as long as we waste resources and killing other beings and each other.

Terry Salter
Terry Salter6 years ago

The sooner this man is wiped from the face of the Earth the better.
To those that comment on his lack of ability to attack the West, I say, dont forget he has links to Terrorist Organisations. There are other ways of attacking us than bombing.

Robert T.
Robert T6 years ago

What's he going to attack with? Nato has been destroying his air force and navy!
Also there is a no-fly zone being enforced, so any bombing planes would be shot down.
Good luck to him I say. Let him try, see how far he gets lol