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'Troops control 90% of Libya'

2011-03-12 19:01

Rome - Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's son Seif al-Islam told Italian newspapers published on Saturday the army had regained control over "90% of the country" and would totally defeat rebels.

"Now 90% of the country is under our control and soon it will be all over," said Seif al-Islam, adding that compromise between the regime and the rebels was out of the question.

In interviews with Italian newspapers Corriere della Sera and Repubblica, Gaddafi's second son swore there would be "a war to the end" with the rebels, describing the insurgents as "a snake that strikes without warning".

"These terrorists are not speaking about democracy, elections or values. They are simple terrorists," he said.

Poised and fluent in English, Seif al-Islam was until recently his father's best public relations asset, presenting himself as a progressive defender of human rights.

'Rivers of blood'

But in recent weeks Gaddafi's high profile son has publicly defended the Libyan regime's heavy-handed crackdown on protesters and rebels, even warning that "rivers of blood" would flow if the country slipped into civil war.

In the interviews published on Saturday, Gaddafi's son recognised his father's regime had made some mistakes, saying Libya was a "bit late in building a modern army, a modern police, a new economy and a freer society".

When asked about France's recognition of the rebels in eastern Benghazi as the true representatives of the Libyan people, he dismissed French President Nicolas Sarkozy as "bizarre".

"He is talking about people who proclaimed themselves the 'Council for Libya'. But who are they? Did you see elections take place? A referendum?"

'We are shocked'

Seif al-Islam also blasted Italy, Libya's key commercial partner and its former colonial ruler, accusing it of "treason" and threatening "economic retaliation".

"We are shocked and even irritated by your position," he said, addressing Italy. "When you betray a partner how do you think he will react?"

Seif al-Islam said Italy would be the "first victim" if rebels took control over Libya "as terrorists and illegal immigrants would set sail from Tripoli to Lampedusa and Sicily".

"The message to Italy is very simple: the Libyan people are united and soon we will win against the terrorists. Then we will settle accounts with the rest of the world."

"It will be very easy to replace Italy with China or Russia," he said.

Message to Italy

And in a message addressed particularly to Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, who is known to have close ties with the Libyan strongman, Seif al-Islam said: "Libya is a frontline for Italy.

"What is happening here now will determine what will happen in your country tomorrow."

The former colonial power in Libya, Italy was initially reluctant to let go of Gaddafi but then followed the international community, while trying not to jeopardise its ties with the oil-rich North African country.

Comments
  • Madelane - 2011-03-12 19:09

    Oh well done there Seif al-Islam, murdering the very people that dare to question your families dictatorship. You must be very proud with all that blood of your countrymen on your hands! Julius will be proud of you too I am sure.

  • ArnoldusP - 2011-03-12 19:34

    The Japan disaster has effectively created an inadvertent media blackout of the uprising in Libya. Soon it will be business as usual in Libya.

  • Jarra - 2011-03-12 20:23

    I think the whole Gaddafi family is suffering from rabies and should either be treated for that, or put down...

      steve - 2011-03-12 21:30

      Or Herpes, HIV, syphylis etc..

  • moderfontein - 2011-03-13 01:55

    Americans and their agressor allies kill more people over any weekend in Afganastan and Iraq than have been killed in the Western Impearlist conspired upriseing in Libya. This whole so called "UPRISEING" useing hired stooges and traitors in Libya is all about one thing, Oil. The Americans and their lapdog allies in Europe are trying every trick in the book to seize control over the vast Libyan oil fields which are on Europes doorstep. The small band of Impearlist backed anti Gadffi militia are now on the run , and are begging their masters in Washington and Europe to save their skins. The world now knows that the so called upriseing was not "spontenous" but was planned outside and inside Libyan borders over a period of years. The Libyan people now are aware of whos agenda the Militia are working to , that of Western Impearlist.

      slg - 2011-03-13 07:35

      What rubbish. You're seriously delusional. Get with the program man, you;r eon the wrong side of history.

      Ingwe - 2011-03-13 11:01

      Moderfontien what a utter load of rubbish, you really are a sick individual.

  • Gert - 2011-03-13 10:03

    @moderfontein U embarass me to be human...

      moderfontein - 2011-03-14 11:02

      Wake up you ill educated fool , can you not see what happening in front of your own eyes, or do you just beleive everthing that is thrown at you by the tightly controlled pro establishmen Western media. The pro establishment media of CNN, FOX NEWS, BBC, SKY NEWS and many more are all part and parcel of the American Impearlist agenda to seize control over Arab/Muslim Oil sources. War criminals mad dog George Bush and his poodle lapdog Blair slaughtred over one millon Muslim men women and children in Iraq to seize control over it vast oil reserves. They invaded Iraq under the pretence of WMD, slaughtred , murdered , bombed , tortured anyone who dared resist their agression. They laid Iraq infrastructure in ruins , then gave contracts to American and British companies to rebuild much of what they deliberty destroyed, paying them in oil revenue money receits from the oil they stole. America and Britian have been planning to seize Libyan oil for more than a decade. They thought the Libyan Goverment and its leadership would cut and run and hand the countrys vast oil reserves over to CIA controlled rebel tratiors , who would then form a stooge Goverment which would take it orders "like Mubarak in Egypt" direct from the criminals in the Pentagon. The majority of Libyan now know the upriseing was not a "spontenous uprising " as the western Impearlist media calls it , but was a carefully planned stage upriseing planned and organised mainly by the CIA .

      slg - 2011-03-14 15:28

      Moderfoentien, you are seriously and dangerously delusional. Wake up buddy. Rub the scales from your eyes. You're at risk of missing what's really happening here: the liberation of Libya and other Middle Eastern countries from despotic, tyrannical rule.

  • johannwerner - 2011-03-13 17:54

    Was there an election to elect your father

  • Billy - 2011-03-13 18:35

    The Obama and Hillary cabal had conspired with EU to steal Libya's oil and supplied the Libyan terrorists with arms and military support because their main goal was to break OPEC. These globalists will see the end of globalization where America and EU export union labor jobs and oversee the destruction of the middle class. These rebel terrorists are so incompetent they are would make a good comedy movie.

      slg - 2011-03-13 19:36

      You're delusional Billy

      Ingwe - 2011-03-14 07:00

      Billy wake up and smell the coffee

      moderfontein - 2011-03-14 11:25

      Billy just ignore the comments of the ignorant, they are the same people who still live in the past and hanker for the old days and ways. They are so brainwashed that they cannot even work out that it was the Western Goverments along with a well known tribe of criminals who handed over S. Africa to its present political ledership , so as they could seize many of its vital assets , such as the mineing industry , banking, and gain control over many of the former state owned assets such as electric , railways , ports etc , that they were unable to own or control under White rule. To prove my point , just trawl back to the days before Apartheid fell,and check out (Peoples owned State assets) now wind forward to the present day , and check out who owns and controls those once state controlled assets. You will find most are controlled or owned outright by the same suspects who supported the fall of White rule , which they supported for one reason and one reason only, they knew that they could gain control , in a state sell out , the assets they could only dream owening under White Christian rule. Now the same criminals and their friends in the Western Goverments are trying the same stunt in Libya to seize it vast oil reserves , that under Gadffi control they know they would never ever get their bloodstained hands on . S. African Christian whites were out thought and conned into handing over to a forign backed sell out , and now they condem Libya and Gadffi for not con.

      slg - 2011-03-14 15:35

      Modderfontein it's you who is living in the past and is missing the future that is emerging. So get off your "educated" podium and wake up. The story you're telling yourself is superficial and foolish. It is you who is brainwashed by these silly, predictable story-lines dished up by conspiracy theorists and other marginalized and alienated people. You are out there on the perimeter while the world is moving toward it's virgin future, a future free of dictators and tyrants who hijack countries for their own personal interests. That you cannot see this and instead invert reality is obvious but deeply worrying.

      Ingwe - 2011-03-15 05:32

      Modderfontein what a load of drivel

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