`To my Dear Obama, our son`: Gaddafi

Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi sent a message to the US President defending attack on rebels.

Updated: Mar 19, 2011, 18:23 PM IST

Cairo: Calling Barack Obama as "our son",
Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi sent a message to the US
President defending his decision to attack the rebels fighting
to overthrow him.

Gaddafi (68) also wrote a letter to the French and
British leaders, and the UN Secretary General, saying the
Security Council resolution was "void" and violated the UN
charter, warning them that they would "regret" any
intervention.

"Libya is not for you, Libya is for the Libyans," he
said.

Details of Gaddafi`s letters were released by the Libyan
government spokesman at a news conference in Tripoli.

Defending his decision to attack rebel cities, Gaddafi
told Obama, "al Qaeda is an armed organisation, passing
through Algeria, Mauritania and Mali. What would you do if you
found them controlling American cities with the power of
weapons? What would you do, so I can follow your example?"

Trying to strike a personal note, Gaddafi prefaced his
letter saying, "To our son, his Excellency, Mr Barack Hussein
Obama. I have said to you before, that even if Libya and the
United States of America enter into a war, god forbid, you
will always remain a son. Your picture will not be changed."

In his letter to Nikolas Sarkozy, David Cameron and Ban
Ki Moon, Gaddafi said, "Libya is not yours, Libya is for the
Libyans. The security council, their resolution is void
because it is not according to the charter to interfere with
the internal affairs of the country."

You have no right. You will regret if you get involved
in this, our country. We can never shoot a single bullet on
our people, it is al Qaeda organisation."

PTI