Maybe he just needs a good night's sleep (somewhere). Moammar Gadhafi made such a long and rambling speech today—his main point seemed to be to rail against the Security Council's power—that he wore out his first translator. Some odds and ends:
- He suggested Israel had a hand in the JFK assassination.
- Swine flu might be a military weapon that leaked from a lab.
- He complained at length of jet lag and having to get up early for the meeting.
- On that note, he suggested moving the UN out of New York: "You will thank me for not having to travel for 20 hours to this place."
- He suggested Isratine as the name of a single Israeli-Palestinian state.
- He tore the edge off a copy of the UN charter, saying only its preamble was legit.
- At one point, he grabbed an audio device to check on his translation.
- He called for investigations into the major wars since the UN was founded, then listed many of them.
- His handwritten notes appeared to be scrawled at different angles and in different colors.
- By the time he wrapped up after 96 minutes, the hall was half-empty.