Moammar Gaddafi truet fredag med å ta krigen til Europa, da han snakket per telefon til et stort folkemøte i Tripoli.
Gaddafi sa han ville angripe «hjem, kontorer og familier», dvs. myke, sivile mål. Det kalles vanligvis terror. Gaddafi påsto at det er dette NATO har gjort i Libya. Da hadde kanskje tapsstatistikken vært noe annerledes.
Gaddafi har hele tiden hevdet at han er bolverket mot islamister og jihadister. Når han er presset faller han tilbake på de samme trusler selv.
Addressing the West, he warned that Libyans might take revenge for NATO bombings.
«These people (the Libyans) are able to one day take this battle … to Europe, to target your homes, offices, families, which would become legitimate military targets, like you have targeted our homes,» he said.
«We can decide to treat you in a similar way,» he said of the Europeans. «If we decide to, we are able to move to Europe like locusts, like bees. We advise you to retreat before you are dealt a disaster.»
It was not immediately clear whether Gadhafi could make good on such threats.
In the past, Gadhafi supported various militant groups, including the IRA and several Palestinian factions, while Libyan agents were blamed for attacks in Europe, including a Berlin disco bombing in 1986 and the downing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, that killed 270 people, mostly Americans. Libya later acknowledged responsibility for Lockerbie.