Gadhafi implores Obama to halt NATO operation aganst Libya
In a letter addressing the U.S. President as 'our son', the embattled Libyan leader says a democratic society cannot be built through missiles and aircraft.
Embattled Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi has appealed to U.S. President Barack Obama to halt the NATO operation launched to protect opponents of his four-decade regime.
In a letter sent Wednesday, Gadhafi implores Obama to stop what he called an "unjust war against a small people of a developing country".
Gadhafi says in his letter that Libya has been hurt more morally than physically by the NATO campaign, adding that a democratic society could not built through missiles and aircraft. He also repeated his claim that his foes are members of Al-Qaida.
Gadhafi addresses Obama as "our son" in the letter, and says he hopes Obama will win re-election in 2012.
The U.S. confirmed receiving the rambling, three-page letter and an official said the administration believes it is authentic.
"Well, we can confirm that there was a letter, but obviously not the first," White House spokesman Jay Carney.
"And the issue of a cease-fire is, as the president made clear when he announced his decision a number of weeks ago, is that it’s not a question of the conditions to - the conditions the president laid out were clear, which is action, not words - cessation of violence, withdrawal from the cities and the menacing sort of positions that the Gadhafi forces had taken.," Carney said.
"And I would just leave it at that, that words are different from actions."
Text of letter:
Note: The misspellings and grammatical errors are in the original letter.
Our son, Excellency,
We have been hurt more morally that physically because of what had happened against us in both deeds and words by you. Despite all this you will always remain our son whatever happened.
We still pray that you continue to be president of the U.S.A. We Endeavour and hope that you will gain victory in the new election campaigne. You are a man who has enough courage to annul a wrong and mistaken action. I am sure that you are able to shoulder the responsibility for that.
Enough evidence is available, Bearing in mind that you are the president of the strongest power in the world nowadays, and since Nato is waging an unjust war against a small people of a developing country.
This country had already been subjected to embargo and sanctions, furthermore it also suffered a direct military armed aggression during Reagan's time. This country is Libya. Hence, to serving world peace ... Friendship between our peoples ... and for the sake of economic, and security cooperation against terror, you are in a position to keep Nato off the Libyan affair for good.
As you know too well democracy and building of civil society cannot be achieved by means of missiles and aircraft, or by backing armed member of AlQuaeda in Benghazi.
You - yourself - said on many occasions, one of them in the UN General Assembly, I was witness to that personally, that America is not responsible for the security of other peoples. That America helps only. This is the right logic.
Our dear son, Excellency, Baraka Hussein Abu oumama, your intervention is the name of the U.S.A. is a must, so that Nato would withdraw finally from the Libyan affair. Libya should be left to Libyans within the African union frame.
The problem now stands as follows:
1. There is Nato intervention politically as well as military.
2. Terror conducted by AlQaueda gangs that have been armed in some cities, and by force refused to allow people to go back to their normal life, and carry on with exercising their social people's power as usual.
Leader of the Revolution