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teedubya
02-21-2011, 12:35 AM
Feb. 21 (Bloomberg) -- Muammar Qaddafi's son called on protesters in Libya to engage in dialogue or face a civil war that risks the country's oil wealth, as a widening revolt posed the most serious challenge to his father's 41 years of rule.

"Instead of weeping over 84 dead people, we will weep over hundreds of thousands of dead," Saif al-Islam Qaddafi said on state television. "Rivers of blood will flow."

He accused Islamists of attacking army positions and said some demonstrators had captured military equipment. Human Rights Watch puts the number of dead at over 200.

Libya, holder of the largest crude oil reserves on the African continent, has become the focal point of region-wide protests ignited by the ouster of Tunisia's president last month and energized by the fall of Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak on Feb. 11. Violence has flared in Yemen, Djibouti and Bahrain as governments have sought to crack down on calls for reform.

Qaddafi, who sported stubble and was dressed in a dark suit and tie, said the Libyan army "is not the army of Tunisia or Egypt," referring to the uprisings that toppled the leadership of those two countries. He said the army should "impose security and get things back to normal, whatever the price."

At the same time he offered to conduct a dialogue with the opposition, engage in national debate on the constitution and amend laws to "open up the realms of freedom." He conceded that the Libyan army had made errors in handling the anti- government protests and pledged to continue plans to increase wages and raise unemployment benefits.

'Oil Will Stop'

If civil war ensued, Qaddafi warned that "oil will stop. Foreign companies will leave Libya tomorrow." He said it would also invite a return of colonial powers: "Do you think Europe, NATO, the U.S. will accept an Islamic emirate in the middle of the Mediterranean," he said.

Oil prices climbed while Asian stocks snapped a three-day rally amid the escalating tensions in the Middle East. Crude for April delivery jumped 1.9 percent in New York to $91.38 a barrel as of 12:30 p.m. in Tokyo, gaining for a fourth day. The MSCI Asia Pacific Index slid 0.2 percent to 139.59. Standard & Poor's 500 Index futures retreated 0.1 percent. U.S. financial markets are shut for a holiday.



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Direckshun
02-21-2011, 12:43 AM
Yup.

Guy has been in power longer than any other dictator on the continent. He's also batshit crazy.

This is going to get much worse before it ever gets better. If it gets better.

teedubya
02-21-2011, 12:55 AM
I truly wonder how many months the US has it's internet shut down.

Fritz88
02-21-2011, 01:56 AM
Yup.

Guy has been in power longer than any other dictator on the continent. He's also batshit crazy.

This is going to get much worse before it ever gets better. If it gets better.
It wont and he's falling before Friday.
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