Gaddafi Sends Wake-Up Call To The
Muammar Gaddafi Addresses The UN
General Assembly In New York
Guardian.co.uk - Wednesday 23 September
2009 - Ed Pilkington
It was meant to be a day of global
reconciliation [Ed: nowadays 'reconciliation' usually depends on
covering over a lot of lies, murder, and deceit], when the new
leader of the free world put all the rancour of the past eight
years behind him and heralded an era of unity. And so it might
have been were it not for a short man, swathed in saffron robes
and a black felt hat waving his arms around and shouting: "Terrorism!"
Muammar Gaddafi grabbed his 15 minutes of fame at the UN
building in New York today and ran with it. He ran with it so
hard he stretched it to an hour and 40 minutes, six times longer
than his allotted slot, to the dismay of UN organisers.
On his first visit to the US, and in his maiden address to the
UN general assembly, Gaddafi fully lived up to his reputation
for eccentricity, bloody-mindedness and extreme verbiage... [Ed:
How about 'extreme courage'?]
He tore up a copy of the UN charter in front of startled
delegates, accused the security council of being an
al-Qaida like terrorist body, called for George Bush and
Tony Blair to be put on trial for the Iraq war, demanded
$7.7tn in compensation for the ravages of colonialism on Africa,
and wondered whether
swine flu was a biological weapon created
in a military laboratory.
At one point, he even demanded to know
who was behind the killing of JFK [Ed: thanks for speaking
up for us, Gaddafi; half the world still demands the truth of
JFK's killing]. All in all, a pretty ordinary 100 minutes in the
life of the colonel.
To be fair, this was a man suffering from severe sleep
deprivation. The US state department, New York city council and
Donald Trump had prevented him from laying his weary head in an
air-conditioned tent in New Jersey, Central Park and Bedford
respectively, and the resulting strain was evident. "I woke up
at 4am, before dawn!" Gaddafi lamented about an hour into his
speech, adding for the benefit of the jetlagged diplomats seated
stony-faced in front of him: "You should be asleep! You're all
tired after a sleepless night!"
Gaddafi certainly knows how to woo a crowd, particularly at
important junctures such as this. This was after all his big
chance to cement Libya's re-entry into the bosom of the
international community after 20 years in the wilderness.
The technique he chose to do so - cunningly - was to blatantly
insult his audience [Ed: No problems - they are only diplomats
and politicians]. The representatives of the 192 nations
assembled in the assembly hall were no better, he told them,
than orators at Hyde Park's Speakers' Corner. "You make your
speech and then you disappear. That's all you are right now."
He then turned his wrath on to America, Britain, France, Russia
and China - the permanent members of the security council, or
"terror council" as he renamed it. Their veto was tantamount to
terrorism. "This is terrorism, like the terrorism of al-Qaida.
Terrorism is not just al-Qaida, it takes many forms."
In case the point was lost on anyone, he tore up his copy of
the UN rule book.
Rest of article here, plus the concluding
put-down by the journalist:
The United Nations had much
to do with allowing the unprovoked invasions of
Afghanistan and Iraq which have caused approximately 1.5
MILLION deaths. If the United Nations is a wise and
intelligent body, could they not have investigated '9-11'
and found it was a
huge stinking LIE?
So - smug journalist and smug
WHY PUT DOWN GADAFFI WHEN HE TELLS THE