"Despot" © Laurindo Feliciano

In Libya, a despot’s defiance

Colonel Muammar Gaddafi last night warned Libya’s growing opposition that he would rather die as a martyr than leave the country he has ruled for more than 40 years, setting the stage for a brutal conclusion to a conflict that has grown bloodier by the day.

In a rambling address that was far removed from the uncharacteristic brevity of his surreal appearance on state television the night before, the dictator branded protesters as easily manipulated “children” and “terrorists” who should be executed.

“We have not used force yet,” he said, despite mounting evidence that his regime has conducted a ferocious campaign to force demonstrators from the streets, with at least 295 people reported dead and many more unaccounted for. He issued a chilling ultimatum to his enemies, who appear to have largely driven his forces from the east of the country. “If we need to use force, we will use it,” he added. “If weapons are not handed over, we will announce the holy march. I will call on millions from one desert to another to cleanse Libya house by house.”

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/in-libya-a-despots-defiance-2222903.html

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