Gaddafi vows he will never leave

2011-07-16 22:08

Tripoli - Embattled Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi said on Saturday he would never leave the land of his ancestors, following fresh international calls for him to go, and as rebels pressed their campaign to overthrow him.

"They are asking me to leave. That's a laugh. I will never leave the land of my ancestors or the people who have sacrificed themselves for me," he said in a loudspeaker address to thousands of people in Zawiyah, some 50km west of Tripoli.

"I'm ready to sacrifice myself for my people, and I will never quit this land sprinkled with the blood of my ancestors who fought Italian and British colonialists," he said of the five-month-long revolt against his rule.

Western and regional powers met in Istanbul on Friday for the fourth gathering of the Libya contact group, which saw a fresh call on Gaddafi to go after more than four decades in power.

"These rats have taken our people hostage in Benghazi, Misrata and the western mountains, using them as human shields," Gaddafi said of insurgents in the rebel capital in the east and port city in the west.

"Five million armed Libyans will march on them and liberate the occupied towns as soon as the order is given," he added.

Advance on Brega

In the east, rebels said their steady advance on the key oil hub of Brega was slowed on Saturday by the discovery of defensive trenches around the city that had been filled with flammable chemicals by retreating Gaddafi troops.

After a small rebel reconnaissance unit from the north punched through to Brega late on Friday before falling back, a rebel commander said troops were now moving "slowly but surely" towards it from the east and south as well.

"We are advancing and we are very close to Brega," said Mustafa al-Sagezli, a member of the rebel's revolutionary military council, adding that Gaddafi's troops had fallen back to positions inside the town.

But the commander said landmines and a series of booby-trapped trenches had forced them to slow the attack.

"We know Gaddafi's forces have installed a lot of mines. They have even dug holes and trenches (filled) with some chemical liquids and oil to fire them when our forces enter Brega," he said.

It was not clear what kind of chemicals were being used, but Brega is home to a large petrochemical facility that produces a range of oil by-products.

  • Bush Dweller - 2011-07-16 22:47

    Good - Lets hope he continues the dream of a Africa currency backed by gold and silver!

      slg - 2011-07-16 22:58

      You must be joking, or smoking da ganja

      marco - 2011-07-17 00:19

      Reuters News reported yesterday that over 30 countries have recognized the opposition National Transitional Council(TNC)as the sole and legitimate representative of the Libyan people.So Gaddafi is officially a none ruler holding to whatever pieces of power he'll scrap together that's left in Libya.Either way,there is no simple answer to this crises.At least these unknown Rebels will get their greasy and oily palms on 30 billion dollars of Gaddafi's assets held by American banks as the US will now free up the funds for them.France will unfreeze 250 million dollars in assets for the opposition,while Italy will unfreeze an additional 100 million.Kuwait and Qatar have already given about 100 million dollars to the Rebels.And still the Rebels say they want more than this to get rid of Gaddafi's regime.Let's see what happens next...Funny how French president Nicolas Sarkozy said on Thursday this week that the war against Gaddafi has to stop and that diplomacy,not military action,is the answer."France:Halt Libya war...It came as President Nicolas Sarkozy made a surprise visit to French troops in Afghanistan -to announce 1,000 will be pulled out by the end of 2012.France said the Nato bombing campaign in Libya could not oust Colonel Gaddafi and diplomacy was the only solution -even if it meant the tyrant retaining limited power.Defence Minister Gerard Longuet said: "We must now sit around a table.We've shown there is no solution through force." from

      wbs777 - 2011-07-17 00:21

      Your name says it all

      Liberty - 2011-07-17 01:49

      Rebels will get their greasy and oily palms on 30 billion dollars of Gaddafi's assets held by American banks as the US will now free up the funds for them. Good. It couldn't have happened to a nicer guy

      kidblack - 2011-07-17 03:36

      Its amazing how they can take over a country with a few hundred million dollars and some very advanced jedi mind tricks.

      Ian - 2011-07-17 07:02

      typical anc mindset, supporting a terrorist despot, what a chop

  • Alex Dowding - 2011-07-16 22:48

    Well then prepare to get blown to smithereens dude. Sooner or later one of those paveways (laser guided bombs) is going to find it's intended target and when it does you're in deep trouble.

      Alex Dowding - 2011-07-16 22:52

      That's if the rebels don't find you first and with them fast approaching the capital it's certainly a distinct possibility.

  • R.Suppards - 2011-07-16 22:52

    Ancestors, ancestors, what is this thing called ancestors, Gaddafi's ancestors originated in Arabia about 1350 years ago, the Nguni's ancestors much later. WE live in the here and now.WE have to resolve today's problems today.Ancestors have NO PLACE in the resolution of TODAY'S PROBLEMS.

  • slg - 2011-07-16 22:59

    He's been talking suicide of late. Curious. The end is probably near.

  • Ralph Long - 2011-07-16 23:10

    So, what does our Pres, JZ, have to say about this? He is the one that promised peace and negotiations very soon. Ha ha ha, this is as big a joke as he is.

  • Dr Who? - 2011-07-16 23:30

    "I'm ready to sacrifice myself for my people". I think he means, "I'm ready to sacrifice my people for myself "

      slg - 2011-07-16 23:33

      Yes, exactly, and sadly he is sacrificing himself for his Ego

  • Thats_that - 2011-07-16 23:53

    The biggest laugh of all is that he thinks "his people want him" what is wrong with all of these African self imposed supposive leaders?

      Kunta-Kinte - 2011-07-17 13:42

      His people and the rest of Africa do want him. Didn't you see them marching in their millions in Tripoli. Offcourse the main stream media can't be arsed to follow this kind of narrative. 1.7 million people on the streets show their support forGadafi and the Jamahirya and aganist NATO terror bombings, or as NATO pits it ,its 'protecting the people of Libya'! This number in western media and youtube headlines gets dwindled to tens of thousands at best. 1.7 million...what western politician can command that sort of support! Notice that systems of elections : party democracy, rarely ever allows candidates who really benefit the people to attain political power...yet with Libya, thank to the 1969 revolution that allowed the ascension of a man who has benefited the people, he and the country are attacked as not democratic! as not being by or for the will of the people! isnt this bizarre! Bush Sarcozy, Blair, obomber...these are the sort of scoundrels 'democracy'' puts over western citizens.

      slg - 2011-07-17 14:58

      Geez Kunta, how wrong can you be?

  • Liberty - 2011-07-17 01:41

    So Gadaffi you are finally ready to make your sacrifice and do a Hitler. So what are you waiting for?

  • JewelZA - 2011-07-17 01:46

    Interesting twist to the whole 'ancestor' myth. Although his mother was a Bedouin, Gaddafi's father is allegedly Corsican.

  • CHIMP - 2011-07-17 03:22

    when is this self serving piece of greed gonna hang himself. Take your despot piece of feces with you

  • kidblack - 2011-07-17 03:39

    back in the day you had to land an entire army to do this sort of thing. today all you need is some money, a few smartphones, and a trillion dollar intelligence network. im all for it btw. empire has a cost. it always does.

  • Trevor - 2011-07-17 06:40

    Hang on, I read ahwile ago Zuma went in, they had a chat and Zuma proclaimed he has reached a settlement with G...big victory for the ANC...HUH???

      CHIMP - 2011-07-17 07:53

      Bunch of useless back slappers didn't you know? If they manage to install a toilet that can flush it's a huge accomplishment that calls for a party that includes expensive drinks and cars

      PMG - 2011-07-17 08:44

      @Trevor,dont worry our esteemed presedint is on his way there yet again,for the twenty ninth attempt at brokering another useless peace deal and squandering the SA tax payers hard earned money.Has showerhead achieved anything whatsoever in his rein as SA president?

  • Ian - 2011-07-17 07:01

    sacrifice himself for his people, its your very people you have been sacrificing you terrorist bastard, get to the hague and hang you murdering pig and take your pal mugarbage and maldoosma with you

  • Lee - 2011-07-17 07:59

    "I will never leave" the call of Africa.

  • knalpot - 2011-07-17 08:54

    The Man is dillusional

  • Kunta-Kinte - 2011-07-17 13:16

    "following fresh international calls for him to go," International being a euphemism for the US and Western Europe. Only leaders who are determined to live for their people are prepared to die for their people. Better to die on your feet , though covered with the spittle of apologists for bullies, than to live on your knees.

      slg - 2011-07-17 15:01

      Um, did you miss that the Arab League and now Russia and China want him to go too? The only people back-tracking are some members of the African Union, hardly bastions of democratic thought and practices.

      Kunta-Kinte - 2011-07-17 15:42

      What if Libya already has a kind of democracy, one which isn't based on the party system of Europe and allows only individual candidates to stand for election, not political parties? One, furthermore, that is based on tribal councils who are liable to support sharia law and political islam? Should westerners force their own parliamentary-style (secular and pro-capitalist) so-called democracy on the Libyians; a system where corrupt political parties representing no-one but themeselves get to power and push through unpopular policies in complete disregard to what most of the electorate would want (if they weren't so misinformed)? Libya's political fate is for the peoples of Libya AND only for the peoples Libya to decide. Intellectually naive and challenged people like you are unfortunately under the illusion that having elections and a so-called "free press" constitute proof of a democracy.

      slg - 2011-07-18 00:49

      That would be fine, except there hasn't been an election in 40 years and the only candidates for succession have the surname Gadhafi.

      Tolerant - 2011-07-19 12:27

      Zuma wants him out too.

  • Kunta-Kinte - 2011-07-17 13:21

    "Defence Minister Gerard Longuet said: "We must now sit around a table.We've shown there is no solution through force." from" Possession of bombs is inversely proportional to possession of brains. Now that bombs are few, many brains re-take possession of the vacuum.

      slg - 2011-07-17 15:03

      This applies to Gadhafi and sons. He started the war, against his own people who wanted nothing more than the basic human right to elect their leaders.

      Kunta-Kinte - 2011-07-17 16:00

      Which war did Gaddafi start? Rallying around the flag of the ex-monarchy, counter-revolutionary forces and opportunist defectors in Libya's regime with ties to western intelligence started an armed revolt in order to seize power, seizing Benghazi and several areas near Tripoli. What did you think Gaddafi was going to do - serve them tea? Gaddafi's actions have been entirely rational and within the norms of international law and historical precedent.

      slg - 2011-07-18 00:54

      The waves of change for democracy started in Tunisia, moved to Egypt, then Libya. Gadhafi and sons refused to allow the process to unfold, choosing instead to use force against unarmed civilians. Try as you may, the truth is clear. What you and the Gadhafi's are trying has never worked in the history of humankind. You are destined to fail. Not long now.

  • wmutahi - 2011-07-18 09:35

    Hang on brother leader!!.

      slg - 2011-07-27 03:28

      Your brother leader is unfortunately not interested in you unless you bow down at his feet and agree to do whatever he says. He hasn't allowed an election in 40 years and would kill, arrest or have you raped if you wanted such. In South Africa we fought against Apartheid because of this, which by the way also lasted 40 years. Do you want the right to vote? Then Mr Gadhafi and sons are not your people, let alone your brother.

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