US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton demanded Saturday that Moamer Kadhafi deliver democracy instead of threats after the Libyan leader warned Europe of stinging attacks unless NATO halts its air war.
“Instead of issuing threats, Kadhafi should put the well-being and interests of his own people first and he should step down from power and help facilitate a democratic transition,” Clinton said on a visit to NATO ally Spain, the latest leg of a European tour.
In a speech broadcast by loudspeaker to thousands of loyalists gathered in Tripoli’s emblematic Green Square on Friday, the Libyan leader had warned that his loyalists could launch stinging attacks on Europe like “locusts and bees.”
“The Libyan people are capable, one day, of taking the battle to Europe and the Mediterranean,” Kadhafi said.
“They could attack your homes, your offices, your families could become legitimate military targets because you have transformed our offices, headquarters, homes and children into military targets which you say are legitimate,” Kadhafi said.
“If we decide to do so, we are capable of throwing ourselves on Europe like swarms of locusts or bees.” Spanish Foreign Minister Trinidad Jimenez was asked at a news conference with Clinton about Kadhafi’s threat and vowed that NATO would keep up the pressure on the Libyan leader.