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Libya's Gaddafi Calmly Takes On the Foreign Policy Elite

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The Libyan government has pitched a tent in suburban New York that leader Moammar Gaddafi may use for entertaining, according to a State Department official. Video by AP

Afterward, many members of the council expressed less than satisfaction with Gaddafi's answers, but many were also surprised that he had come at all.

"It was a positive thing," Worden said. "But can anyone do this in Libya?"

Sorensen later said that, after Gaddafi's appearance Wednesday before the General Assembly, there had been some trepidation about the council session.

"I think a lot of people . . . wondered whether they were going to be hearing 90 minutes of bombast," Sorensen said. "He was well behaved, he was well modulated," Sorensen said, noting that Gaddafi was even on time.

Sorensen added: "I don't know what they think about him describing Libya as having no government, no president and no cabinet ministers."

Not all of those greeting Gaddafi were impressed. On Wednesday, Libyan dissidents joined family members of Lockerbie victims for a protest rally outside the United Nations. One group of Libyan students and exiles had launched a new Web site, called EnoughGaddafi.com, to highlight human rights abuses in Libya.

"We're working for the regime to be over," said Abdullah Darrat, 27. "It's been 40 years of mismanagement, corruption, injustice." He called the new American rapprochement with Libya "hypocritical," because Gaddafi "hasn't changed anything with human rights violations. He hasn't apologized" for past terrorism.

The Final Call, the newspaper of Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, ran a front-page photo of Gaddafi with the headline: "Welcome to America." In an editorial, Farrakhan praised Gaddafi and his Green Book.

"He has been a friend of the struggle of Black people all over the world for true liberation," Farrakhan wrote.


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