Saturday, June 18, 2011

Gadhafi’s offer to hold elections rejected by Rebels, US

There's not much to say about this. It is amazing that there is a civil war in Libya today and that the US has at every turn increased the hostilities and prevented the situation from being resolved. I've said before that there is no way to present civil war as a humanitarian gesture. This one in Libya which serves no US strategic interest but is costing lives every day is just a pathetic example of poor US policy-making.
Speaking to Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, Col. Gadhafi’s son and onetime heir apparent Seif al-Islam Gadhafi said in an interview published Thursday that elections could be held within three months, with transparency guaranteed by the presence of international observers. Mr. Gadhafi said his father, who took power in a military coup in 1969, would be ready to step aside if he lost the election but would not go into exile.

“I have no doubt that the overwhelming majority of Libyans stand with my father and see the rebels as fanatical Islamist fundamentalists, terrorists stirred up from abroad,” Corriere quoted him as saying.

The rebel leadership in Benghazi, eastern Libya, immediately rejected the offer, stressing that the Gadhafi family would have no role in Libyan elections. That stance was echoed by Washington, with State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland saying, “It’s a little late for any proposals by Gadhafi and his circles for democratic change….It’s time for him to go.”

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