LIBYA, March 23, 2011 (KATAKAMI.COM) — Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi predicts that the US-led military alliance attacking the North African country will end up in “the dustbin of history.”
As reported by Iranian Television PRESS TV Channel, Gaddafi was addressing a crowd of supporters at his residence near the capital, Tripoli.
“This assault … is by a bunch of fascists who will end up in the dustbin of history,” Gaddafi said in a speech followed by fireworks in Tripoli.
The compound was targeted by Western forces on Sunday night and came under attack in 1986 from the US Reagan administration.
The defiant ruler has pledged that fighting will continue. He also promised his supporters victory over revolutionary and foreign forces.
“We will defeat them by any means … We are ready for the fight, whether it will be a short or a long one … We will be victorious in the end,” he said.
“We will not surrender.”
In other remarks, Gaddafi said he was ready for battle and that he was not afraid of rockets or missiles. He further called for mass protests against the US-led attacks in Libya.
Meanwhile, latest reports say two explosions have been heard in Tripoli before dawn. The blasts were followed by a barrage of anti-aircraft gunfire believed to have come from forces loyal to Gaddafi.
As the US-led NATO bombing campaign against Gaddafi continues, Americans are worried about another extended military mission and some members of Congress are angry they were not consulted by the White House.
US military chief Admiral Mike Mullen has acknowledged that the US-led military invasion of Libya could lead to a deadlock in the North African country.
Mullen, the US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told CBS news in an interview on Sunday that the Western military operation could end in a stalemate with Gaddafi.
The top military commander added that the end-game of the military action in Libya was “very uncertain.” (*)