Gadhafi: We'll Shoot Down Passenger Jets

Meanwhile, son says 'New York Times' journalists will be released
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 18, 2011 3:00 AM CDT

(Newser) – Moammar Gadhafi is not taking the UN resolution authorizing military attacks against him well. Last night, his defense ministry warned that Libya might retaliate against "any foreign military act" by attacking "all air and maritime traffic in the Mediterranean Sea" as well as "civilian and military" facilities, the Telegraph reports. Meanwhile, son Seif al-Islam played good cop, appearing to tell Christiane Amanpour of ABC News that Libya would release its captive New York Times journalists.

In Seif’s telling, Libyans view the French, British, and Arab League as their enemies, but “for the first time in modern history, they like the Americans and are happy with America.” When asked about the journalists, he said, “You know, they entered the country illegally … and they arrest her because you know foreigners in this place. But then they were happy because they found out she is American, not European. And thanks to that she will be free tomorrow.”

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