Calling UN Action 'Invalid,' Gadhafi Hits Rebels
Says 'Libya is for Libyans
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 19, 2011 5:52 AM CDT
A warplane of Gadhafi's forces is seen being shot down over the outskirts of Benghazi, eastern Libya, Saturday, March 19, 2011.   (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)
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(Newser) – Moammar Gadhafi says the UN resolution authorizing international military intervention in Libya is "invalid." The Libyan leader says he sent a message to President Barack Obama defending his decision to attack rebel cities: "If you found them taking over American cities by the force of arms, tell me what you would do."

The statement came from the government spokesman at a news conference in Tripoli. Gadhafi also sent a letter to the French and British leaders, and the UN secretary-general, saying the resolution violates the UN charter and saying they would "regret" any intervention. "Libya is not for you, Libya is for the Libyans," he said.