CNN: Libyan Leader Calls For Cease-Fire With NATO!

Libyan Leader Moammar Gadhafi on Saturday urged NATO to negotiate an end to air-strikes, accusing the "international coalition" of killing civilians and destroying the nation's infrastructure in a bid to take over its oil production. "Come and negotiate with us. You are the ones attacking us. You are the ones terrifying our kids and destroying our infrastructure. You American, French, and British come and negotiate with us," Gadhafi said during a rambling 45-minute address on Libyan state TV. It was a rare appearance for the leader, who has not been seen in public since inter national forces began bombing regime targets last month. The airstrikes started after the UN Security Council approved a resolution authorizing "any means necessary" to protect civilians, demanding the ouster of the ruler, who has been in power for nearly 42 years. From the time NATO began its operation on March 31, the organization had conducted 4,398 sorties, of which 1,821 were strike sorties. (A lot more than I got from our US Airforce in the "Iron Triangle" near Trung Lap, during my term as adviser there, but then, my team and I were just fighting for our own survival, the few rubber trees next to that village, and NOT about oil).

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