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Qaddafi 'bizarre yet fascinating': Bildt

Clara Guibourg · 23 Aug 2011, 10:56

Published: 23 Aug 2011 10:56 GMT+02:00

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Carl Bildt claimed that he has never met Muammar Qaddafi personally, but has only seen him at a distance.

“My only contact with Mr. Qaddafi was at a 200 metre-distance, in the United Nations’ general assembly, about three or four years ago,” Bildt told the Svenska Dagbladet (SvD) newspaper.

The two men may not have met eye to eye, but the Libyan leader still managed to make an impression on Carl Bildt.

“He held one of the most bizarre speeches I’ve ever heard, and this is coming from a man who’s heard a lot of speeches, both within Sweden and internationally,” said Bildt, revealing that Qaddafi’s speech “went on forever”, and included the Libyan trying to tear up several United Nations’ statutes.

“At the same time, it was fascinating that he had such a position of power in parts of the world, and that he’s treated with respect in several places,” Bildt told the newspaper.

“He was once seen as a popular revolutionary, in the beginning, building up his green socialist revolution, handing out food to his people. But that didn’t quite happen in the end.”

Qaddafi has ruled Libya for 41 years, but his days as leader now seem numbered.

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After six months of prolonged struggles between rebel troops and Qaddafi’s own forces, the battle is now entering its final stage as the rebels are approaching Libyan capital Tripoli, encircling it from three directions.

Clara Guibourg (clarabara@hotmail.com)

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Your comments about this article

13:05 August 23, 2011 by Libyan
I don't understand how you can be impressed by someone who kill until now more than 20000 innocent of his own people. Strange that this comes from the Swedish foreign minister who should be a representative of 10 million. I live in Sweden and know that Swedish people very kind and do not support such committed criminal guy.

I hope this not a support for him!
15:43 August 23, 2011 by Great Scott
I would have thought the same could be said about bildt, but I struggle to see where he is fascinating.
17:40 August 23, 2011 by andyron2
This is a bizzare statement for sure.
17:54 August 23, 2011 by conboy
I think Quadaffis hair is better than Carl Bildts!
22:59 August 23, 2011 by Tysknaden
Bildt is bizarre.
09:28 August 24, 2011 by Boobie
What's bizare is that Gaddafi has done more for Africa than ANY western country (carrot & stick) has ever done - including Sweden. Unfortunately and what is so typical (and sad) is that your politicians fail to share with you REAL information that without Africa and its cheap resources Europe & US would've already defaulted and went hungry many many years ago.. But fortunately for the west and other countries they can hide behind the IMF, WORLD BANK, UN and all these other colonial designed institutions and count on their puppet presidents and freemasons who run the plantations...


And this includes all people of color too...
21:34 August 26, 2011 by xexon
Qaddafi was almost "cool" once upon a time.

He was the first the first Arab leader to demand a fair price for their oil from the west. The west has hated him ever since. He was eccentric and a flamboyant dresser. He was a visonary. Built the great manmade river project, which tapped water reserves far beneath the desert. He realized the oil wasn't going to last forever.

Remember his all female bodyguards?


Fascinating man, but it's regrettable he chose the low road home when his power was challenged.

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