Sunday, February 27, 2011

Gaddafi son fingers can still be seen clinging onto power - TV Interview

When the interview is made available...

Col. Moammar Gadhafi's son said it's "not an American business" whether his father steps down from power in a defiant interview with ABC "This Week" host Christiane Amanpour.

President Barack Obama said Saturday that the Libyan leader needed to "leave now," declaring that Mr. Gadhafi has lost "the legitimacy to rule" by using violence against his own people.

In an interview with Ms. Amanpour in Tripoli, Saif al-Islam Gadhafi, the second-oldest child of the Libyan leader and one of his advisers, said his father had not used force against any civilians. "Show me a single attack, show me a single bomb, show me a single casualty," he said.

Mr. Gadhafi told Ms. Amanpour that reports of Libyan diplomats leaving their posts were "miscommunication."

"They were under the influence of a strong media campaign, well-organized. So, you know, they are human beings at the end," he said in the interview, which aired Sunday in the U.S.

Mr. Gadhafi also said that his country is calm, saying there is a "big big gap between reality and the media reports."

He said: "The whole south is calm. The west is calm. The middle is calm. Even part of the east."

Ms. Amanpour interviewed another of Col. Gadhafi's sons, Saadi, a former professional soccer player. This son said he was bothered by the travel ban imposed by the United Nations on him and his family. He said he was going to hire a lawyer because he wants to travel, including to go on a safari.

Saadi Gadhafi predicted that civil war would immediately break out in Libya if his father were to step down.

He described the protests going on in his country as a "fever" that will spread, bringing chaos not freedom. "No one can control it."


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