Saturday, July 2, 2011

Gaddafi threatens attacks on Europe

Gaddafi threatens attacks on Europe

By Ernesto Londono, Published: July 1

TRIPOLI, Libya — Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi on Friday threatened to attack Europe if NATO continued bombing his country.

In a recorded message broadcast to a large crowd gathered in Tripoli’s central square, Gaddafi said that Libyans would “target your homes, offices, families, which would become legitimate targets.”

As a long time head of a wealthy oil state and past supporter of terrorism, Gaddafi has the kind of resources that make his threats credible. I am surprised -- or maybe not really surprised but only dismayed -- at the foolish bravado of the "bring it on" chest-thumpers. Of course, they are but the chorus to the lead actors in government that were in so great a rush to indict the man for war crimes before he could be safely captured, (if not killed), that they had to make their grandstanding point nevermind the risks. Doesn't anyone, here or in Europe, worry about consequences anymore?

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