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March 20, 2011 12:45 pm

Gaddafi to Arm 1 Million Civilians, Pledges Long War

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Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

New York Times – A day after American and European forces began a broad campaign of strikes against the government of Col.Muammar el-Qaddafi, the Libyan leader delive

red a fresh and defiant tirade on Sunday, pledging retaliation and saying his forces would fight a long war to victory.

He was speaking in a telephone call to state television, which, apparently for security reasons, did not disclose his whereabouts. The Libyan leader has not been seen in public since the United States and European countries unleashed warplanes and missiles in a military intervention on a scale unparalleled in the Arab world since the Iraq war. On Sunday, American B-2 stealth bombers were reported to have struck a major Libyan airfield.

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