Gaddafi: Obama is ‘a Beacon of Light in the Darkness of Imperialism’

February 22, 2011 16:31

In October of 2009 Chairman of the African Union Muammar Gaddafi praised the US President Barack Obama saying he is “a beacon of Light in the darkness of imperialism.”

From Tripoli Post


Earlier on Monday President Obama declared in a speech to the Turkish Parliament that US “is not and never will be at war with Islam.”

“We seek broader engagement based upon mutual interest and mutual respect,” Obama said.

“Our partnership with the Muslim world is critical, not just in rolling back the violent ideologies that people of all faiths reject but also to strengthen opportunity for all its people,” President Obama added. He portrayed terrorist groups such as al-Qaida as extremists far removed from the vast majority of Muslims.

The AU President said “so far his [Obama’s] political discourse has been logical, breaking with the arrogance that was prevalent in the American discourse.”

“[in his speech] there is no ‘America leads the world’, ‘America is in control of the world’, ‘America dictates and the rest implements its conditions’, or ‘America is the master and remains so for ever’.” Gaddafi had offered to work with Obama to sustain security, stability and prosperity in Africa and elsewhere.

Gaddafi also hailed Obama’s “commitment to a world without nuclear weapons”,

Daffi meets Barack

after Obama pledged in a speech in Prague on Sunday to lead the quest for a world without atomic weapons. “Obama is totally right when he says Iran has the right to enrich uranium but not to make nuclear bomb… This is logical. We are all against the manufacturing of nuclear bombs,” Gaddafi said.”

With regard to terrorism, Gaddafi said the Bin Laden’s phenomenon or so-called terrorism is not a result of what they term “clash of civilizations.” For this is naive and incorrect of the interpretation of the problem. Civilizations have always lived side by side and benefitted of each other.

Gaddafi stressed that the disagreement between Muslims and the West is a political one, particularly over colonialism. “If they [the West] pledge not to encroach on us, not to insult us, not to colonize us, not to steal our wealth, not to interfere in our affairs, not to humiliate us and not to enslave us, then it is good.” We have no objection to civilizations.

“The conflict between us is not on God. It is on the land which they want to colonize.


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