Gaddafi Tells Christiane Amanpour: “My People Love Me”

Just in case you wondered about the extent of Muammar Gaddafi’s delusions:

I interviewed Col. Moammar Gadhafi this morning, when he told me he cannot step down because he is not a president or king, and claimed there have been no demonstrations in the streets of Libya’s capital.

“My people love me. They would die for me,” he said.

ABC conducted the interview with BBC and the Sunday  Times of London.

Gadhafi refused to acknowledge that any demonstrations had taken place in the streets of Tripoli, and he denied ever using force against his people. Gadhafi blamed al Qaeda for encouraging young people to seize arms from military installations.

Gadhafi, who has ruled Libya for 42 years, said he felt betrayed by the United States.

“I’m surprised that we have an alliance with the west to fight al Qaeda, and now that we are fighting terrorists they have abandoned us,” he said. “Perhaps they want to occupy Libya.”

This is only going to end when someone puts a bullet in the back of this guy’s head.

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Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. legion says:

    This is only going to end when someone puts a bullet in the back of this guy’s head.

    I was kinda hoping otherwise, if only to see the dustup over potential war crimes tirals, but yeah – he’s clearly taking a rain check from reality.

  2. And what was Amanpour’s response or follow up?

  3. TG Chicago says:

    FYI, the subheadline of this post is screwed up on the main page. Looks like it’s trying to put the entire body of the post in the subheadline.