July 2, 2011
TRIPOLI, Libya — Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi on Friday threatened to attack Europe if NATO continued bombing his country.
In a recorded message broadcast to a large crowd gathered in Tripoli’s central square, Gaddafi said that Libyans would “target your homes, offices, families, which would become legitimate targets.”
“These people are able to one day take this battle to Europe,” he said as the crowd shouted slogans against the West.
Shortly after the speech, a series of blasts believed to have been NATO bombs thundered through the capital. The military coalition has been bombing Libya for more than three months in an effort to protect civilians from the brutal crackdown Gaddafi’s forces launched to quell an uprising in February.
The speech was one of Gaddafi’s most menacing in recent months. He and his supporters have sought to shift the focus of the conflict that plunged the country into civil war, portraying it as the West’s latest attempt to invade and exploit a Muslim nation.
This article was posted: Saturday, July 2, 2011 at 3:19 am