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Gadhafi Criticizes the Arab League

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Gadhafi Criticizes the Arab League

Moammar Gadhafi

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What's an Arab League meeting without Moammar Gadhafi to stir things up? Half of the League's members boycotted because they accused host Syria of meddling in Lebanon's affairs, but the Libyan leader still managed to liven up the annual party. As Al-Jazeera reported:

    "At the annual Arab summit, which opened on Saturday, he criticised Arab countries for doing nothing while the United States invaded Iraq in 2003 and overthrew Saddam Hussein, the Iraqi president.

    ...Gaddafi also repeated his frequently made proposal that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict be settled by creating one democratic state where the two peoples live together, to be called Isratine.

    ...In his speech, the Libyan leader also criticised Arab disunity and inaction on the region's multiple crises.

    'Where is the Arabs' dignity, their future, their very existence? Everything has disappeared,' he said.

    'Our blood and our language may be one, but there is nothing that can unite us.'

    Gaddafi also mocked a plan by the Arab League to start Arab cooperation on a joint nuclear programme.

    'How can we do that? We hate each other, we wish ill of each other and our intelligence services conspire against each other. We are our own enemy.'"

Gadhafi has in the past pushed for, in effect, a United States of Africa, lumping the widely varied cultures of the continent under a single ruling government. But if you want to read even more theories, brickbats, and general musings on life from the eccentric colonel, check out his English-language Web site -- now with video!

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