He blames the U.N.
He blames the U.N.
12:38 p.m. ET: Since we first put this post up, Gadhafi went on for considerably longer than scheduled and brought up so many different issues — from JFK's assassination to the 9/11 attacks — that we updated below several times. Read through to see how it played out.
By Mark Memmott
Libya's Moammar Gadhafi, leader of a country that for decades was on the USA's list of nations that sponsor terrorism and that is home to those responsible for such acts as the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, just told United Nations delegates that the U.N. Security Council should be known as the "terror council."
As the Associated Press writes:
In his first appearance at the world body, Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi chastised the United Nations on Wednesday for failing to intervene or prevent some 65 wars around the world since the world body was founded in 1945.
In a long, rambling address to the General Assembly that's been going on for nearly an hour, Gadhafi has been railing about what he says is the U.N.'s failure to adequately represent the developing nations of the world.
Meanwhile, officials in the suburban New York town of Bedford, the AP adds, are "threatening criminal action if work continues at Donald Trump's estate, where the Libyan government pitched a tent that could be used by Gadhafi."
Update at 1:20 p.m. ET: FoxNews.com, which has the headline "Q-Daffy" on its main webpage right now, has started to post videos segments from Gadhafi's address. Here's a piece to give you a sense of what it was like — with some commentary from the folks at Fox, who obviously aren't fans of the Libyan leader and make sure to note that Gadhafi referred to President Barack Obama as a "son" of Africa:
Update at 12:45 p.m. ET: On CNN, they're noting that Gadhafi referred to President Barack Obama several times as a "son of Africa" or "my son."
Update at 12:36 p.m. ET: He's finally done.
Update at 12:32 p.m. ET: Someone just handed Gadhafi a note — perhaps a suggestion that he finish up?
Update at 12:29 p.m. ET: Pharmaceutical companies create viruses in order to then sell vaccinations, Gadhafi says.
Update at 12:23 p.m. ET: Throughout his address, Gadhafi has been shuffling what look like hand-scrawled pages of notes written on legal-sized paper. At times, he's seemed to lose his place. The video highlights of this are going to be YouTube hits and fodder for much ridicule on The Daily Show and other faux news reports.
Update at 12:20 p.m. ET: Gadhafi just said that Jack Ruby's killing of Lee Harvey Oswald needs to be investigated (no, we're not making that up).
Update at 12:17 p.m. ET: Now he's asking why the U.S. went to war in Afghanistan after the 9/11 attacks. By Gadhafi's reasoning, since Osama bin Laden is not an Afghan and most of those who were with him there were not Afghans, then it wasn't right to go to war in Afghanistan (where, of course, al-Qaida was being allowed to operate by the Taliban).
Update at 12:07 p.m. ET: Gadhafi just called the Iraq War (according to the interpreter being heard on the CNN broadcast) the "mother of all evils."
Eventually, a transcript of his address is supposed to be posted here.