| Wednesday, February 02, 2005
| 10 QUESTIONS TO MUAMMAR GADDAFI
|COLONEL MUAMMAR GADDAFI FOUR MONTHS AGO
FULFILLED HIS PROMISE TO dismatle Libya's
weapon's of mass destruction (WMD), earning
himself rare praise from the White House.
Speaking with Time's Scott Macleod and
Amany Rawan in Tripoli, the leader of the
Great Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya
(State of the Masses) revealed how he has, and
ARE YOU SURPRISED TO FIND YOURSELF
ON RELATIVELY FRIENDLY TERMS WITH THE U.S.?
There is never permanent animosity or
permanent friendship. When one is mistaken
and regrets his past mistakes, this has to be
taken into conideration. I realize that America
and the West understood that they had a mistake.
It is ironic that Bush is now repeating what I
was saying: We were supporting liberation
movemnents of the world.
WHAT ABOUT LIBYA'S MISTAKES?
In tactics, for example. Libya said the Irish
struggle is a legitimate struggle. But when the
I.R.A. used weapons against civilian targets,
this is their responsibility, both sides. The most
important thing is to rectify the mistakes.
DOES THE LOCKERBIE BOMBING
FALL INTO THE CATEGORY OF
Until now the perpetrators are unknown.
WHY DID LIBYA ACQUIRE WEAPONS OF MASS
The program started at the very beginning of the
revolution. The world was different then. It was
not only Libya that was thinking along these lines.
I know (former Romanian leader) Ceausascu used to
boast that Romania was able to manufacture the
WHAT MADE LIBYA DECIDE TO
DISMANTLE ITS WMD?
We started to ask ourselves, "By manufacturing nuclear
weapons, against whom are we going to use them?"
World Alliances have changed. We had no target.
And then we started thingking about the cost.
If someone attacks you and you use nuclear bomb,
you are in effect using it against yourself.
HAS LIBYA BEEN REWARDED
FOR ABANDONING WMD?
Libya and the whole world expected a positive response
-- not just words, although they were nice words--
from America and Europe. Blair and Bush expressed
their satisfaction. But there must be at least a
declaration of a program like the Marshall Plan,
to show the world that those who wish to abandon
the nuclear weapon progam will be helped. They
promsied, but we have'nt seen anything yet.
ISN'T LIBYA ALLEGED PLOT TO ASSASINATE
SAUDI CROWN PRINCE ABDULLAH WHY LIBYA
REMAINS ON THE U.S. LIST OF TERRORIST STATES?
We have a good relationshp with Saudi Arabia.
My personal relationship with Prince Abdullah is a
good one. This is a fabricated case, an intentionally
destructive thing. We see America paying so much
attention to (Abdullah), as if he were its citizen.
They have not learned from the past. The list of
accusations against Libya is very long. They would
proved false. We are still in a vicious circle.
HOW ARE YOU GOING TO GET OUT OF IT?
Dialogue should continue. Accusing Libya of being
a country that sponsors terrorism is a very
dangerous thing. That has psychological repercussions.
Libya could argue, "Since I am still on the terrotrist
list, why not commit terrorism, which I am accused of
anyway?" Why shouild I pay the price without getting
something in return?"
GIVEN FOREIGN AND LOCAL SKEPTICISM,
IS LIBYA REALLY REFORMING ITSELF?
About the economy, quite possible. We have begun to
apply the Green Book. It's what we call popular
socialism and what Thatcher calls popular capitalism.
Elections? What for? We have surpassed that stage you
are presently in. All the people are in power now.
Do you want them to regress and elect somebody to replace them?
WHAT DO LIBYANS TELL YOU?
If you put them in paradise, they will still complain.
Libyans are in paradise.
(abstracted from TIMEMAG)
|posted by infraternam meam @ 3:55 AM