Wednesday, March 24, 2004

Libya: look at what Qaddafi's son is saying now

The following excerpt is from an AP story on an interview Qaddafi's son, Seif al-Islam, gave to al-Jazeera.
Seif al-Islam Gadhafi even praised Israel at the expense of his fellow Arabs, telling a pan-Arab satellite television channel: "An Arab ruler tries to protect his chair...We don't put the appropriate person in the right place, but Israel is a democratic country."

.... [On Arab governments' reaction to Bush's Greater Middle East Initiative]

"The Arabs now shout, cry and complain about the Western initiatives," the younger Gadhafi said, "but instead of shouting and criticizing the American initiative, you have to bring democracy to your countries, and then there will be no need to fear America or your people."

"The Arabs should either change or change will be imposed on them from outside," he said.

Seif said Libya has its own version of democracy. He said it was a formula based on "human rights, democracy, protecting the individual and the society."

... Seif said it was the lack of democracy in Arab states that was responsible for their defeat by Israel in war.