Gadhafi: Stop, or I'll Hit Europe

US is less than terrified
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 2, 2011 7:10 AM CDT
Moammar Gadhafi Threatens to Hit Europe if NATO Bombing Doesn't Stop
In this photo taken on a government-organized tour, a Libyan boy poses with a toy gun during a demonstration against NATO at a UN building in Tripoli, Libya, Saturday, July 2, 2011.   (AP Photo/Tara Todras-Whitehill)

(Newser) – For a guy largely on the run between NATO bombs and arrest warrants, Moammar Gadhafi struck a defiant tone yesterday, threatening in a broadcast message to take Libya's fight “to Europe, to target your homes, offices, families, which have become legitimate military targets, like you have targeted our homes." In the same breath, the Libyan strongman invited negotiations with the US and NATO, reports the New York Times, but said if they weren't forthcoming, “we’ll finish the battle.” Gadhafi spoke from an undisclosed location.

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The US responded with a giant shrug, reports the AP, with Hillary Clinton brushing off Gadhafi's threat from a state visit in Spain. "Instead of issuing threats, he should be putting the well-being and interests of his own people first," Clinton said. "He should step down from power." NATO will continue its mission undeterred, she said. "The rebels are gaining strength and momentum," Clinton said. "We need to see this through." (Read more Moammar Gadhafi stories.)

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