DAUGHTER DESCRIBES GRANDPA GADDAFI
"I remember once we were on a holiday - my husband and I and the children.
And I remember the little boys were crying, they don't want to enjoy their vacation,
they want to go back to the tent of their grandfather.
They want to drink the camel's milk - they are so much used to it.
So we did our best to appease them and divert their attention.
But they never listened to us so we had, really,
to break our holiday and go back to their grandfather,
who is my father, of course."
watch Aisha Gaddafi talks about her relationship with her father Muammar Gaddafi
to Colin Freeman in Tripoli, Telegraph video, Oct 21, 2010
"...Yes, I see him every day....I am very happy about this sort of relationship - the strong ties between my sons and my father. And I believe that I am very lucky and very fortunate to have such a father....
"Yes, he is busy, has a heavy schedule. But he has also made it a rule to himself to give as much time as possible to his family, to his sons, despite the fact that he is busy. And I agree with you that he is busy, of course, but I will say he gives quite a lot of time to his grandchildren and his sons....
"When we get together it is normal, normal life. But now the grandchildren take the spotlight, they take most of the time. But this is a school, this is an education for us - so we like to be together and learn from this great man - who is my father, and I am proud of him of course....
"It does happen many times - people do not know who I am and suddenly, maybe, they find out that I am Aisha, the daughter of the leader. And so they gasp sometimes, and then they get so much friendly and welcoming and they take the chance to send greetings to my father and mother...."
To anyone in Britain who still thinks of her Dad as a tyrant, IRA quartermaster extraordinaire, and all-round Mad Dog of the Middle East, Aisha Gaddafi would like to extend a cordial invite. "Come to Libya, you are all most welcome," she says, when asked about her father's unique talent for planting thorns in the side of successive British governments. "I know what is said in Britain about my father, and most of it is just following a political agenda. So I would give the British people this invite: find out the real facts by coming and meeting us Libyans in person."
First though, meet Aisha herself, the only girl among the eight children that Gaddafi has fathered in between his other duties as Brotherly Leader, self-appointed Saviour of Africa and Guide of the Revolution. Dubbed "The Claudia Schiffer of North Africa" in the Arab press for her striking good looks, the 33-year-old is arguably the most photogenic of Libya's First Family, yet she is still very much a chip off the old block. A lawyer by training, her father's regime is not the only contentious cause she has spoken up for over the years. In her youth, just like her Dad, she was a keen supporter of the IRA, and three years ago, she was on the legal team that defended that other controversial Arab leader, Saddam Hussein....
She agreed last week to a no-holds-barred interview at her home, a huge, high-walled villa in a Tripoli suburb. At first, it feels rather like being in a Gaddafi version of a Hello! shoot. Flawlessly turned out in peach jacket, white trousers and designer jewellery, Aisha holds court in a vast drawing room decked out with family pictures, and later poses for photos on a huge, mermaid-shaped settee worthy of her father's extravagant tastes. Meanwhile, her three young children wander in - one of whom, three-year-old Muammar, is named after Grandpa. "People forget that as well as being a great leader, he is also my father," she smiles, as the pint-sized Gaddafis scuttle about. "We are very close as a family, and while he is always very busy, every day I insist that we have a gathering with him. My boys love being in his tent, and they enjoy drinking his camel's milk."...
With that, The Sunday Telegraph's time Chez Gaddafi is up, although the hospitality is not quite finished yet. As we leave, a housekeeper bustles in with gifts: for my photographer and I, there are smart Gaddafi-style robes, and for my six-week-old daughter, there is a dummy in a special presentation box. It comes across as a genuinely thoughtful gesture, although as the large gates of her villa clang shut behind us, I wonder if I am falling for the same kind of charm tactics that so successfully wooed Mr Blair. Who knows - with Libya still trying to convince the world that it has changed its spots, perhaps Gaddafi's girl might be a good choice as Leader after all. ....
I received a phone call a few days ago from the office of Aisha al Gaddafi, the daughter of the libyan leader Colonel Muammar al Gaddafi and they said that she wanted to do an interview which, interestingly, I hadn't requested. But I offered to fly back to Tripoli and they made that possible.
When I got there I was surprised by her tone and I think she was offering a window into how the family was feeling right now. It was much more fatalistic. She talked as though it had already happened, sometimes - about how much the West would regret driving her father from power; about the dire consequences that she predicted when Col Gaddafi was gone, in terms of an exodus of illegal immigrants into Europe; a terrorist foothold on the Meditteranean; chaos in Libya and other dire consequences that she forecasted... Miss Gaddafi is trained as a lawyer at a Libyan university.... She finds alot of parallels between the case of Saddam Hussein and the Libyan example....She told me she thinks that what would happen in Libya would be far, far worse...
She said that she tells her children bedtime stories about the afterlife and she finds that especially appropriate right now because she fears that a bomb could take their life any day. Her five year old, she said, is so afraid of the bombs that he is now suffering from incontinence.
That night, in fact, the UN/NATO airstrikes actually hit the Gaddafi compound for the third time in their most serious bombing of that facility. We were brought there shortly after the bombs had fallen. One of the buildings had a tangle of wires and antennae coming out of it so it may have been a communications and command control facility, a military facility. Other parts of the complex were inarguably non-military. One was a building used primarily for for meeting foreign dignitaries; another was just offices. Gaddafi's official translator told me that his office was destroyed that night of the bombing and he was glad he wasn't working late that night.
ORWELL TODAY VIDEO LIBYA & GADDAFI
IT HURTS FEELING LIBYA'S PAIN
BIG BROTHER WAR FOR LIBYA WATER
GREAT GADDAFI MAN-MADE RIVER
BROTHER GADDAFI AT HOME IN TENT
LIBYA'S MAMA GADDAFI SPEAKS OUT
DAUGHTER DESCRIBES GRANDPA GADDAFI
AISHA GADDAFI & BENAZIR BHUTTO
KILLING GADDAFI LIKE JFK-LUMUMBA
BIG BROTHERHOOD BANKS BOMBING LIBYA
GADDAFI: RECOLLECTIONS OF MY LIFE
FLYING IN LIBYA NO-FLY ZONE
INTERPOL (UN Police) issues Gaddafi arrest warrants
(UN also wants Gaddafi son Saif & Gaddafi's wife's brother)
SkyNews/Reuters, Sep 9, 2011
Gaddafi blasted big powers USA/China/Russia in UN speech
(UN allowed 65 aggressive wars against small nations)
watch GADDAFI SPEECH TO UNITED NATIONS 2009
DOWN WITH BIG BROTHER
DOWN WITH BIG BROTHER
DOWN WITH BIG BROTHER
Winston's Diary & BB Pyramidal NWO & Enemy of BB
watch Home movies of Gaddafi in tent with grandchildren
(UN-rebels plunder family homes destroyed by UN bombs)
watch Gaddafi in 1976: at work/at home documentary
(took Libya from Middle Age poverty to modern prosperity)
watch Libya hero Gaddafi with Egpyt hero Nasser in 1969
(Gaddafi's model for Libya revolution was Nasser in Egypt)
YouTube/Telegraph, Sep 7, 2011
BROTHER GADDAFI AT HOME IN TENT
& DAUGHTER DESCRIBES GRANDPA GADDAFI
GADDAFI: RECOLLECTIONS OF MY LIFE
UN daily bombing of pro-Gaddafi desert towns continues
(200 special forces electronically hunting Gaddafi)
UN-backed rebels warn Libyan civilians to surrender
(UN-rebels prepare to attack pro-Gaddafi oasis towns)
UN-backed al-Qaeda 'rebels' say Gaddafi surrounded
(UN-rebels getting ready to capture or kill Gaddafi)
TripPost/BBC, Sep 7, 2011
KILLING GADDAFI LIKE JFK-LUMUMBA
& KNOW NKUNDA CONGO
& 4.Old World Destruction
Gadhafi's daughter gives birth to baby while on run, AP, Aug 30, 2011
Gaddafi's daughter Aisha gives birth to healthy baby girl (names her Safiya after her mother)
by Habib Toumi, Gulf News, Aug 30, 2011
Manama: Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's daughter, Aisha, gave birth to a baby girl just hours after being allowed into Algeria, alongside her mother Safiya, brothers Mohammad and Hannibal, nieces, nephews and helpers. "Aisha gave birth to the girl at around 2 am," Algerian daily Echorouk reported in its online edition on Monday. "The baby was named after her grandmother Safiya, and both she and the mother are doing fine, unlike media reports that the mother was in a critical condition," according to the report. Echorouk reported that a seven-vehicle convoy carrying 31 asylum seekers, including members of the Gaddafi family, had arrived from Libya to Illizi, the province bordering Libya but had to wait for around 12 hours before they were allowed in. Echorouk, quoting sources it did not identify, reported that Aisha was nine-month pregnant and was in a critical condition, a fact that weighed heavily in the decision made by the Algerian authorities to provide assistance and allow the convoy in on humanitarian ground. The daily said that Algeria also based its decision to receive the high-profile fugitives on the fact that neither Gaddafi's wife nor two sons or daughter were wanted by the The Hague-based International Criminal Court. The court had approved warrants for the arrest of Gaddafi, his son Saif Al Islam, and Libyan intelligence chief Abdullah Al Senoussi on charges of crimes against humanity. The family members and their helpers are expected to remain in Illizi. The sources ruled out they would be moved up to Algiers, the capital. Libyan rebels, however, are now demanding that Algeria return the fugitives for trial.
Three explosions as UN jets overfly Tripoli, MSN, May 4, 2011
Three explosions have been heard as jets overflew the Libyan capital Tripoli, days after the regime said Libyan strongman Muammar Gaddafi escaped an air strike that killed one of his sons. Gunfire rang out following the second strike early on Wednesday. A witness said that there were three explosions in total, and that smoke could be seen rising from one of the sites in eastern Tripoli. Early on Sunday, government spokesman Mussa Ibrahim said that Saif al-Arab Gaddafi, one of the Libyan leader's sons, and three of his grandchildren were killed in a UN-NATO airstrike that he termed a bid to assassinate the strongman. An international UN-coalition began carrying out strikes on forces loyal to Gaddafi on March 19, under a United Nations mandate to protect civilians in the country. UN-NATO took command of operations over Libya on March 31.
Gaddafi not seen in public since son & granchildren killed, Reuters, May 3, 2011
USA intelligence officials believe Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, who has not been seen in public since a UN-NATO missile attack reportedly killed his son, is still alive, CIA Director Leon Panetta told NBC television on Tuesday. "The best intelligence we have is that he's still alive," Panetta said in an interview with NBC News. Gaddafi, who seized power in a 1969 coup, has not been seen in public since a UN-NATO missile attack on Saturday struck a house in his compound in Tripoli. Libyan officials said Gaddafi survived, but his youngest son and three grandchildren were killed. UN-NATO could not confirm the reports that Gaddafi's son, Saif al-Arab Gaddafi, had been killed....Critics say UN-NATO has already overstepped its mandate with Saturday night's attack on the Tripoli house. UN-NATO insists it targets only military installations and was not attempting to assassinate the Libyan leader.
Watch Funeral held for Gaddafi's youngest son, BBC, May 2, 2011
Amid some chaotic scenes and under the eye of UN-NATO planes that circled above, they held a funeral today. The remains of Saif al Arab were accompanied by one of the more prominent elder brothers, Saif al Islam, by now well known to western cameras. He is travelling in a heavily armoured vehicle with tight, close protection. His family feel threatened, though not within this fervent support....The crowds were vocal, around 2,000 came....We were given all the access we wanted, crowds were even pushed aside as we fought our way to the gravesite....They took great care lowering Saif al Arab into the ground and there was visible emotion on his brother's face as the covered remains were interred. Nontheless Saif al Islam left this funeral displaying all the defiance of the Gaddafi family. There is no sign they are ready to stand aside.
Watch Gaddafi spokesman Moussa Ibrahim announce death of Gaddafi's youngest son & 3 grandchildren, BBC, Apr 30, 2011
Mr Saif al Arab, known as Aruba to most Libyans, who is the youngest of the leader's children was attacked tonight with full power. The leader with his wife was there in the house with other friends and relatives. The attack resulted in the martyrdom of brother Saif al Arab, 29 years old, and 3 of the leader's grandchildren. The leader himself is in good health, he wasn't harmed; his wife also is in good health, she wasn't harmed; and other people were injured in the attack. This was a direct operation to assassinate the leader of this country. This is not permitted by international law, it is not permitted by any moral code or principle. If people claim that they want to protect civilians we have again and again declared that we are ready for negotiation, ready for roadmaps for peace, ready for political transitional periods, ready for elections, ready for referendum. UN-NATO does not care to test our promises, the west does not care to test our statements. They only care to rob us of our freedom, our wealth, which is oil, and our right to decide our future as Libyans.
Gaddafi son & 3 grandchildren killed in UN airstrike on Saturday, April 30th
Daily Mail, May 2, 2011
Crowds of Libyans have gathered in the capital today for the funeral of Colonel Gaddafi's son and three grandchildren. Saif al-Arab Gaddafi, 29, and three of the Libyan leader's grandchildren were apparently killed in a UN-NATO airstrike on a Tripoli compound on Saturday....Libyan officials accused UN-NATO of deliberating targeting people and trying to assassinate Gaddafi....2,000 people carrying flags and pictures of Gaddafi attended the funeral. They pumped their fists in the air and chanted pro-Gaddafi slogans. One placard read: 'We are all with Gaddafi's Libya'. Saif's coffin, covered in flowers and wrapped in the green flag that has represented Libya since Gaddafi took power in a 1969 coup, was carried through the crowds to the grave at Hani cemetery. Colonel Gaddafi did not appear to be at the funeral but Saif al-Islam, his most prominent son, attended in dark tribal robes. Saif had no children, but three of his nieces and nephews were also said to have been killed in Saturday's blast. They were the children of his siblings Hannibal, Aisha and Mohammed. The air raid has provoked renewed debate on whether the British and French-led strikes are exceeding a UN mandate to protect civilians. The South African government, which has led an African peace initiative, condemned the attack and said the UN resolution did not cover the assassination of individuals....
Mourners vow revenge as Gaddafi son buried, WashPost, May 3, 2011
...Saif al-Arab was killed in a NATO airstrike on his home on Saturday evening, along with a friend and three of Gaddafi’s grandchildren, ages 6 months to 2 years, Libya’s government says. They were the children of Gaddafi’s sons Mohammed and Hannibal and of his daughter, Aisha. The government says that Gaddafi and his wife were also in the residence at the time of the airstrike but escaped unharmed and that UN-NATO must have had some intelligence about the Libyan leader’s whereabouts, perhaps from an informer or from communications intercepts....
2,000 Gaddafi supporters attend funeral of son, Telegraph, May 2, 2011
Saif al-Arab Gaddafi, the leader's second youngest son, was killed in an allied air strike on Saturday night. Col Gaddafi himself did not attend the funeral, but two of his other sons, Saif al-Islam, who has the highest profile and was seen as his father's intended successor, and Hannibal were both seen in the crowd. Some mourners fired weapons into the air. Others chanted "revenge for the martyrs" and carried placards reading "We are all with Gaddafi's Libya", according to news organisations. The body, covered in a green cloth and with a wreath was delivered to the Al-Hani Cemetery in a black ambulance. Three of Gaddafi's grandchildren, identified by the authorities as being a child each of Hannibal, their oldest brother, Mohammed, and their sister Aisha, were also buried.... Despite denials from Western leaders that the UN air raid on the Gaddafi compound was an assassination attempt, it has provoked renewed debate on whether the British and French-led strikes are exceeding the UN mandate to protect civilians.
UN bombs kill Gaddafi son & 3 grandchildren, Tripoli Post, May 2, 2011
Crowds mill around the coffin during the funeral of Seif al-Arab in Tripoli. Mourners shouted for revenge in the Libyan capital on Monday as some 2,000 people greeted a funeral procession carrying Muammar Al Qathafi’s second youngest son, Seif al-Arab who officials say was killed in a UN-NATO airstrike. The crowd, carrying flags and pictures of Al Qathafi attended the funeral. They pumped their fists in the air and chanted pro-Al Qathafi slogans as they jostled to get close to Seif’s coffin when it was taken out of a black hearse to a grave at Hani cemetery in Tripoli. One placard read: 'We are all with Al Qathafi’s Libya.' Some people prayed, some flashed victory signs and others shouted for revenge. "Revenge, revenge for you Libya," chanted the crowd around the coffin, which was draped in the green Libyan flag and was topped with a wreath of flowers that were wilting in the heat. Saif's coffin, covered in flowers and wrapped in the green flag that has represented Libya since Al Qathafi took power in a 1969 coup, was carried through the crowds to the grave. The mourners were led by the leader’s most prominent and oldest son, Seif al-Islam, wearing dark tribal robes, but the Libyan leader Muammar Al Qathafi did not appear to be at the funeral. Despite earlier claims, it was reported today that Seif al-Arab had no children, but three of his nieces and nephews were also said to have been killed in Saturday's blast. They were the children of his siblings Hannibal, Ayesha and Mohammed.
Libyan officials said 29-year-old Seif al-Arab was killed late on Saturday along with three of Al Qathafi's grandchildren when UN-NATO bombed the family's compound in Tripoli. Muammar Al Qathafi and his wife were present during the attack but were unharmed, they said. The deaths triggered attacks by angry crowds on the British and French embassies, and the U.S. diplomatic mission in the capital. Libyan officials also accused UN-NATO of deliberating targeting people and trying to assassinate the Libyan leader.
It comes as government forces kept up its attacks on rebels, shelling the port area of Misurata with rockets and artillery and disrupting operations to bring supplies in by sea to the besieged city. The UN-NATO air raid has provoked renewed debate on whether the British and French-led strikes are exceeding a UN mandate to protect civilians. The South African government, which has led an African peace initiative, condemned the attack and said the UN resolution did not cover the assassination of individuals. 'The attacks on leaders and officials can only result in the escalation of tensions and conflicts on all sides and make future reconciliation difficult,' it said in a statement. Rocket barrages hit the Misurata port area Sunday as an aid ship was trying to unload. Libyan state TV claimed it was shelled to stop UN-NATO delivering weapons to rebels [non-Libyan Islamic-extremist agent-provacateur/mercenty terrorists]. Another aid ship was still waiting off the coast Monday for bombing to stop and mines to be cleared before it could try to deliver supplies and evacuate some 1,000 foreigners and wounded Libyan, according to the International Organisation for Migration. Spokesman Jean-Phillipe Chauzy said: 'We will wait until Tuesday noon. We are still hoping that things will improve.' Rights groups say hundreds of people, including many civilians, have been killed in Misurata. [Gaddafi government] Officials in Tripoli deny targeting civilians and claim they are fighting armed gangs and Al Qaeda sympathisers [UN-backed non-Libyan Islamic-extremist agent provocateur mercenary terrorists].
Gaddafi says "give us peace" in speech hours before son & grandchildren die, Sunday Mail, May 1, 2011
Colonel Gaddafi called for a ceasefire and negotiations with UN-NATO in a bizarre speech on state TV yesterday. In the rambling predawn address, which lasted for more than an hour, he said: "The door to peace is open. You are the aggressors. We will negotiate with you. Come, France, Italy, UK, America, come, we will negotiate with you. Why are you killing our children?".
The Libyan dictator continued to deny that his forces had killed any of his countrymen, even as government shells rained down on the rebelheld town of Misrata yesterday. Despite his plea for peace, Gaddafi appeared to dismiss the possibility of a ceasefire, saying his enemies were al Qaeda operatives who did not understand what a truce meant. He also claimed the rebels were children "tricked" by UN-NATO promises and attempted to bribe them to give up their weapons. He said: "When Libya returns as it was, before this conspiracy, you'll take cars... the money will come to you."
Rebel leaders [UN-backed foreign Islamic-extremist terrorists] have said they will only lay down their arms after Gaddafi and his family step down but he refuses to resign. UN-NATO later rejected the ceasefire call saying they need "actions not words". And they vowed to continue operations until all attacks and threats against civilians have ceased. Gaddafi's speech came as the latest UN-NATO air strikes targeted Tripoli, including the state television building. Government spokesman Moussa Ibrahim denounced the strikes as a crime and alleged they were meant to kill Gaddafi as it was known he was to make a live TV address. A government complex was also hit and reporters visiting the scene were told the damaged buildings included a commission for women and children.
Muammar Gaddafi calls for ceasefire & negotiation in Libyan TV address (as air strikes hit government complex in Libyan capital)
Guardian, Apr 30, 2011
Muammar Gaddafi called for a mutual ceasefire and negotiations with Nato powers in a live speech on state TV early on Saturday, while UN-NATO bombs struck a government complex in the Libyan capital, Tripoli. The targeted compound included the state television building, which was not damaged. Gaddafi spoke from an undisclosed location. In his rambling pre-dawn speech, the Libyan leader appeared subdued but defiant, repeatedly pausing as he flipped through handwritten notes. "The door to peace is open," Gaddafi said, sitting behind a desk. "You are the aggressors. We will negotiate with you. Come France, Italy, UK, America, come, we will negotiate with you. Why are you attacking us?" He said Libyans had the right to choose their own political system, but not under the threat of UN-NATO bombings. "Why are you killing our children? Why are you destroying our infrastructure?," he said.
Rebel leaders [UN-backed foreign Islamic-extremist terrorists] have said they will only lay down their arms and begin talks on Libya's future after Gaddafi and his sons step aside. Gaddafi has repeatedly refused to resign. Reporters visiting the scene of the air strikes were told two damaged buildings housed a commission for women and children and offices of parliamentary staff.
One of at least three bombs or missiles knocked down a large part of a two-storey building. In another building, doors were blown out and ceiling tiles had dropped to the ground. One missile hit the street outside the attorney general's office. A policeman said three people were wounded, one seriously....
Video: Libyan opposition rejects Gaddafi truce offer, al Jazeera, Apr 30, 2011
...The rejection came hours after Gaddafi announced in an address on state television that he would not leave Libya. But he added that he was ready for a truce once "all sides" are involved and UN-NATO stops attacking his forces. "We were the first to welcome a ceasefire and we were the first to accept a ceasefire...but the crusader UN-NATO attack has not stopped," he said. "We did not attack them or cross the sea...why are they attacking us? Let us negotiate with you, the countries that attack us. Let us negotiate"....Gaddafi urged opposition fighters to lay down their weapons and said Libyans should not be fighting each other. He blamed the uprising on mercenaries and foreigners. "We cannot fight each other," he said. "We are one family." Gaddafi denied mass attacks on civilians and challenged UN-NATO to find him the names of 1,000 people who had been killed in the conflict. After the pre-dawn broadcast on Saturday, state television said UN-NATO warplanes had bombed a site in the Libyan capital, Tripoli next to the television building during Gaddafi's address. "A building adjacent to the Jamahiriya building was bombed during the broadcast of Muammar Gaddafi's speech and that implies a target on the leader of the revolution himself," the report said.
Gaddafi calls for ceasefire as NATO strikes Tripoli, Wash Post, Saturday, April 30, 2011
Tripoli - Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi called for a ceasefire and negotiations with UN-NATO Saturday but refused to surrender power, as UN-alliance warplanes struck a government complex in the capital. In a rambling address on state television which began around 2:30 a.m. and lasted 80 minutes, Gaddafi appeared both calm and defiant, describing military intervention by UN-NATO, designed to protect civilians from his regime, as a massacre.
In Brussels, a UN-NATO official told the Associated Press the alliance needed “to see not words but actions,” and that UN-NATO would keep up the pressure until the U.N. Security Council mandate to protect Libyan civilians was fulfilled. Rebels [non-Libyan Islamic-extremist agent-provocateur mercenary UN-bakced al-Qaeda terrorists] also rejected Gaddafi’s offer of a ceasefire as “lies.”
“The gate to peace is open,” Gaddafi said, sitting behind a desk and occasionally glancing at copious hand-written notes. “You are the aggressors. We will negotiate with you. Come, France, Italy, U.K., America, come, we will negotiate with you. “Why are you attacking us? Why are you killing our children? Why are you destroying our infrastructure?" he asked, while denying his forces had killed Libyan civilians.
As he spoke, UN-NATO warplanes attacked government buildings close to the television center in Tripoli in what the Libyan government described as an attempt to kill Gaddafi. The TV images briefly went black on three occasions but the signal was quickly restored and Gaddafi, speaking from an undisclosed location, carried on without interruption. The TV center was not damaged. The Libyan leader, who has ruled for more than four decades, said he would negotiate and uphold a ceasefire if UN-NATO “stopped its planes”. But even as he made the offer he appeared to dismiss the possibility, describing his enemies as al-Qaeda operatives who did not understand what a truce meant. He also refused to step down or leave the country as the rebels [UN-backed non-Libyan Islamic-extremist agent provocateur mercenary al-Qaeda terrorists] and the leaders of the United States, Britain and France demand. "I'm not leaving my country", Gaddafi said. "No one can force me to leave my country and no one can tell me not to fight for my country"....
Gaddafi has made sporadic appearances since the start of the revolt against him on February 17, 2011, mainly to dispel rumors he had fled, to declare how much support he commands in Libya or to demonstrate his defiance. Sitting in front of a painting of tribal horsemen, he spoke on the anniversary of a famous battle near his hometown of Sirte against the Italian occupation 96 years ago, a battle he says his grandfather was killed in. He described young rebels as children “tricked” by UN-NATO, and promised to reward them if they lay down their weapons. "When Libya returns as it was before this conspiracy, you'll take cars,” he promised. “The money will come to you."
From Gaddafi daughter: a glimpse inside the bunker, New York Times, Apr 26, 2011
Tripoli - Aisha el-Qaddafi, the daughter of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi of Libya, likes to tell her three young children bedtime stories about the afterlife. Now, she says, they are especially appropriate. "To make them ready", she said, “because in a time of war you never know when a rocket or a bomb might hit you, and that will be the end"....
After arranging the interview last week, Ms. Qaddafi spoke for more than an hour late Sunday afternoon, just hours before NATO escalated its airstrikes with an attack that disrupted state television and another on the Libyan leader’s compound in Tripoli. Ms. Qaddafi, one of the many unofficial and sometimes rivalrous Qaddafi family power brokers who dominate Libya’s economic and political life, said the crisis had pulled the family together “like one hand". Ms. Qaddafi said that she and her seven brothers “have a dialogue between us and exchange points of view” before anyone takes a major step in their common defense...
Ms. Qaddafi has appeared in public twice since the bombings began, before cheering crowds at the colonel’s compound, but she seldom speaks in public. During the interview, she wore close-fitting jeans, Gucci shoes and a pale scarf that did not cover her long blond hair. At times, she laughed at her fate, recalling how the United Nations, after “begging” her to be an envoy for peace in the past, has now referred her to the International Criminal Court. Her staff presented an illustrated biography entitled "Princess of Peace"....As for her father’s state of mind, she said with a laugh that he was not worried at all. "He is as strong as the world knows him", she said. "He is quite sure that the Libyan people are loyal to him". Her family still hoped, she said, to go back to its previous position, what she called "a return to normal". But, she added, "of course we can expedite that if UN-NATO will stop bombing us".
watch video Colonel Gaddafi's daughter Aisha gives rare insight into her family's struggle (she fears that a bomb could take their life any day)
by David Kilpatrick, New York Times, Apr 26, 2011
watch video: Gaddafi's daughter gives defiant speech, NPR, Apr 15, 2011
Aisha Gadhafi delivered a defiant speech speech in Tripoli today, saying "The suggestion of Gaddafi stepping down is a provocation to all Libyans. "Gadhafi is not in Libya but in the hearts of Libyans". Aisha made the public appearance at her father's Bab al-Azizia compound, where since the beginning of the Allied airstrikes Gadhafi supporters have gathered to act as human shields. In 1986, President Ronald Reagan ordered airstrikes on the compound that reportedly killed one of Gadhafi's daughters.
Just a few hours earlier, Nato warplanes had flown sorties over Tripoli. Explosions and responding gunfire and anti-aircraft fire echoed around the capital, destroying at least one military site and causing blast damage to a nearby university cafeteria. Aisha's message was one of uncompromising defiance. Referring to the strike in 1986, she said: "They rained down on us their missiles and bombs, they tried to kill me and they killed dozens of children in Libya. Now a quarter of a century later the same missiles and bombs are raining down on the heads of my and your children".
Below her was a statue of a giant golden fist crushing a western warplane in its grip. The throbbing crowd – mainly men, but including hundreds of women separated to one side – appeared intoxicated on love and loyalty. Reuters reports that Aisha said the West's demand that her father step down was an "insult" to Libyans". The event was held to mark the 25th anniversary of the U.S. airstrikes on the compound.
Meet Gaddafi's girl: daughter Aisha chip off old block, Telegraph, Oct 10, 2010
Aisha Gaddafi: Questions & Answers Interview, Telegraph, Oct 10, 2010
...People forget that before he is a great man and leader, he is also my father, my friend and my brother. He is very close to me, and I feel so safe when I am with him. My love for him is beyond description, and we spend as much time as possible together. I always advise him to look after his health and take things easy, but apart from that it is him who gives me advice. If I had to pick his single best piece of wisdom, it would be that he underlines being modest, not to be arrogant, and that we should shoulder our responsibilities.... The man is the man. He never changes. He is a man of principles, he believes in causes, defending the poor and underdog, he never changes the main ideas that he believes in. I would say that now the future of Libya is very promising, bright and optimistic. It is taking its rightful place in the international community and everyone is seeking good ties with us.
Camel pictures and facts
...An average milking camel will produce 5.28-6.6 gal. (20-25 L) of milk a day. A camel with well-formed udders may produce 8-10.6 gal. (30-40 L) a day. Camels can give milk even under harsh conditions and, unlike dairy cows, do not need much or any supplements to do so. A camel can produce 5.28 gal. (20 L) of milk a day without drinking any water for up to 10 days! Camel milk is chemically similar to cattle milk, but has a higher proportion of vitamin C. It also has more fat, protein, and minerals than either cow's or goat's milk... Camel milk is said to be an acquired taste....
Colonel Muammar Al Qadhafi, Arab nationalist, son of a Bedouin shepherd
Wearing a gold robe and matching cap, Muammar el-Qaddafi -- "the Leader," as he is universally referred to in Libya -- paces a well-worn strip of land beside his tent. He stares down at the bare earth as he walks, stopping occasionally to gaze up into the surrounding trees. His is the preoccupied walk of a philosopher thinking deep thoughts, or of an actor memorizing his lines. An aide separates from the small pack of functionaries and bodyguards who have approached and hurries to Qaddafi's side. He clasps Qaddafi's elbow in an oddly collegial way and whispers in his ear. The Leader abruptly turns then, as if taking notice of his visitors for the first time. He is an imposing man, about six feet tall with a still-athletic build, and though his mouth is fixed in a tentative half-smile, there is something wary in his manner. His eyes are hidden behind brown-tinted sunglasses....
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