Libya not afraid, says Gaddafi son

2011-03-18 11:20

Washington - A son of Libya strongman Muammar Gaddafi on Friday said his family was "not afraid" after the United Nations approved air strikes against forces loyal to his father's regime.

"We are in our country and with our people. And we are not afraid," Seif al-Islam Gaddafi told ABC News Nightline from the Libyan capital Tripoli.

"We will not be afraid. Come on! We will not be afraid. I mean, you are not helping to the people if you are going to bomb Libya, to kill Libyans. You destroy our country. Nobody is happy with that."

The UN Security Council on Thursday approved military action to halt the Gaddafi regime's assault on rebels, clearing the way for air strikes, with the first bombing raids possible within hours.

Seif said the resolution was "unfair" and denied widespread reports that his father's troops were killing civilians as they sought to wrest back cities seized by rebels in recent weeks.

"It was unfair because, as you know, from the beginning we told to everybody there were no air strikes against civilians, no bombing of civilian districts or demonstrations."

"Have we seen a single civilian casualty? Even the terrorists or the armed people, they just surrender. So there was no bloodshed in Libya."

He also indicated that one of four New York Times reporters who went missing earlier this week while reporting on heavy fighting in eastern Libya had been arrested and would be released soon.

"They entered the country illegally and when the army, when they liberated the city of Ajdabiya from the terrorists... they found her there," he said.

Fate of journalists

"They arrest her... But then they were happy because they found out she is American, not European. And thanks to that she will be free tomorrow," he said.

He did not give the journalist's name, and it was not clear whether he was referring to photographer Lynsey Addario, one of the four reporters who went missing near the town of Ajdabiya.

He also said her fate was "not my decision."

Seif claimed that Libyans were more favourably disposed towards Americans than Europeans or Arabs because Washington had initially held off from calling for military intervention.

The New York Times said on Thursday it had nothing new to report on the fate of the journalists, but had received unconfirmed "second-hand reports" that they had been "swept up by Libyan government forces."

The missing journalists include Anthony Shadid, a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the most prestigious US journalism award.

The others are Stephen Farrell, a reporter and videographer who was kidnapped by the Taliban in 2009 and rescued by British forces, and Tyler Hicks, a photographer with extensive experience in the Middle East and Africa.

  • paulf - 2011-03-18 11:42

    Mentality just like our ANC, he just does not know but his precious hours on earth are coming to an end!!!

  • Ross - 2011-03-18 11:44

    When the Libyan people get hold of this corrupt useless piece of sh@t he will sing another tune. Where are the brothers hiding?

  • Nalatari - 2011-03-18 11:46

    you are destroying your own country you twat!

  • garygNZ - 2011-03-18 11:47

    Big words from a little boy knowing he wont be on the frontline being bombed!! The mentality of this idiot is just amazing...pretty much like the present SA government...just way to up themselves to see the looming danger!!

      PB - 2011-03-18 12:25

      I wonder whether Seid and Juliaaaas + Shabangu had the same mother....they all sound equally idiotic

  • JBP - 2011-03-18 12:03

    Be very afraid.....

  • Johan - 2011-03-18 12:26

    That's what Saddam said too...

  • BigMoose - 2011-03-18 12:32

    He has obviously forgotten the air-strikes by the US in 1986.

  • Jelly - 2011-03-18 12:37

    "So there was no bloodshed in Libya." WTF???????? Official death toll at over 1500 you braindead asshole!!!! No bloodshed??

      thea.smit - 2011-03-18 12:46

      How disillusioned and disconnected can one man be?? But it is because he is sitting inside with his polo neck and well groomed hands, he doesn't have an idea of what is really going on!

      Point Blank - 2011-03-18 13:09

      This is the problem with these ancient dictators. They so far remove from reality they still think that their population are goat herders who bow down to their demands and that technology does not extend to the average person on the street... I suppose Doctors without Borders, who saw and confirmed torture and deaths by government forces as well as bombing by fighter jets, were lying.

  • thea.smit - 2011-03-18 12:45

    This is not war between the west and the Arab people, it is a war between a mad dictator monster who is killing his own. Go France, take Gadaffi out, kill the monster!

  • taline - 2011-04-05 12:56

    paulf the ANC will leave even longer than your great grand child, hardluck you just have to stay very strong.Amandla!!!

  • Thats_that - 2011-07-05 00:34

    That's ok, we don't want you afraid. We just want you dead.

  • slg - 2011-07-05 01:37

    This has taken way too long. UN Resolution 1973 gives Nato the right to take all steps necessary to protect civilians. The orders to attack civilians have come from Gadhafi and sons. They should have been targeted from the get-go. First a demand to surrender. Then direct assault. End of story.

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