Moammar Gadhafi was supposed to appear on state TV today, but instead simply spoke to the station by phone, announcing that he was like “the queen of England,” with only “moral authority” in Libya. He doesn’t make laws, he said; Libya’s people hold the power. He blamed al-Qaeda for the unrest, saying Osama bin Laden is “the enemy who is manipulating people,” AOL News reports.
All the protesters, he said, are under 20 years old and are experiencing the effects of hallucinogens, administered to them “in their coffee with milk, like Nescafe." The people have a choice, he said, between himself and bin Laden. “Please do not disappoint me,” he said, or “each will take justice into his own hands to rid us of this darkness." Meanwhile, Gadhafi’s son today said reports that hundreds have been killed are “jokes," reports the Washington Post.