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Qaddafi time: Security council is "terror council"

Update: Well that was something. Largely holding off on contemporary issues until the end, the colonel launched an epic, rambling, tirade against the U.N. institution itself, paricularly the Security Council, which he likened to Al Qaeda. He also rattled off a series of historical grievances dating back to the Suez crisis and the Patrice Lumumba assassination and indulged in some conspiracy mongering over the origins of swine flu and the Kennedy assassination.

As Blake noted, this makes it very hard to argue that Qaddafi is trying to reintegrate his country into the international community. I wouldn't expect any more visits from John McCain to Tripoli in the near future. I would imagine this also largely undermines Ali Treki's credibility as General Assembly president, after a fairly tame opening statement. Gordon Bown, who speaks later today, must have been squirming in his seat as well.

It should be interesting to see how Obama handles him at the "terror council" meeting tomorrow.


Treki introduces Qaddafi as "king of kings" and "leader of the revolution" among a number of other titles. Delegates refusing to sit down. There's commotion in the room. It's a little unclear from here what's going on but Treki is trying in vain to gavel the session to order.

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Qaddafi finally begins. Room still not quiet.

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As representative of African Union (nations and traditional kingdoms) Qaddafi congratulates "our son" Obama. Ummm....

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Laying out specific makeup for new Security Council including permanent member setas for AU, ASEAN, etc.

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Qaddafi not holding back today. Suggests swine flu may have been created in laboratory as weapon.

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Rejects "everything after the preamble" in the U.N. charter.

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Holding up copy of U.N. charter, Qaddafi says, "We do not accept it, we do not acknowledge it, neither to we recognize it. "

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Compares Security Council veto to Julius Ceasar being made emperor

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Qaddafi appears to have little interest in weighing in on contemporary world issues, but is using the forum to attack the U.N. itself.

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General Assembly is "like Hyde Park"...."nobody implementing our decisions...you just make a speech and then disappear."

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Says Security Council is "terrorism itself"

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Qaddafi says Treki will submit his newly designed Security Council for a vote. 

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Doubles down comparing Security Council to Al Qaeda

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"Political feudalism" ... "It should not be called the Security Council. It should be called the terror council."

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Qaddafi gives shoutout to Silvio Berlusconi for apologizing for World War II crimes. Calls it a "glorious act." In the context of this speech, that's probably not a great thing for Berlusconi.

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Now heaping praise on the "black, African, Kenyan" president of the United States

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"We would be happy if Obama would stay forever as president." 

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He keeps calling Obama "our son."

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Arguing against having the U.N. in New York: 

Is this Jerusalem, is the the Vatican, is this Mecca? All of you are tired with jetlag, are very tired. Physically speaking you are very low. All of you are asleep. 

Says he was up at 4 a.m. last night.

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Qaddafi rearguing the Suez Canal crisis now. 

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Calls for release of Manuel Noriega

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Iraq war: "Mother of all evils"

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Good lord... Qaddafi now questioning the official record on the Kennedy assassination.

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Qaddafi apparently wore out the translator. Got a new voice in my earpiece.

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"Perhaps tomorrow we will have a fish flu."

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Rejects two-state solution. Calls for democratic state. Era of Sharon and Arafat is over.

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Says Arabs will give Jews protection. "Look at what everyone else did to the Jews. Hitler is an exmaple. You are the ones who hate the Jews, not us."

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We're on our third translator.

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The end.

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Obama's speech

Here we go...

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Delegates ignoring protocol by applauding during Obama's speech.

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On Iraq Obama vows to "keep our commitment to remove all American troops by the end of 2011."

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The president paints a dramatic picture:

If we are honest with ourselves, we need to admit that we are not living up to that responsibility. Consider the course that we are on if we fail to confront the status quo. Extremists sowing terror in pockets of the world. Protracted conflicts that grind on and on. Genocide and mass atrocities. More and more nations with nuclear weapons. Melting ice caps and ravaged populations. Persistent poverty and pandemic disease. I say this not to sow fear, but to state a fact: the magnitude of our challenges has yet to be met by the measure of our action.' 

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Classic Obama rhetoric; defines divisions (north vs. south, "old cleavages of the long-gone Cold War) and rejects the division as false.  

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In January, Obama says he will "call on nations ... to halt production of fissile material for weapons."

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Big applause for "America does not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlements."

Obama cites progress on Palestinian security and Israel facilitiating freedom of movement on the West Bank but insists that negotiations must begin on final-status issues.

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This seems to be going over well: Americans "do no favors" to Israel with unconditional support; other nations do no favors to Palestinians by failing to recognize Israel's rights.

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Climate plan that ignores poorest nations "simply will not work." 

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"America has too often been selective in its promotion of democracy."

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