Libyan leader declares war on Italy

Libya & Italy

Libyan leader Muammar al-Gaddafi is having difficulties retaliating against the US, UK and France, who are the main countries bombing Libya for weeks. One reason may be that they are geographically too far away and his missiles can’t reach them. So how should he vent out the anger?

Libya declares war on Italy

MOSCOW, April 30 (RIA Novosti) Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi on Saturday called on war with Italy, citing Italy’s ‘colonization’ attempts.

In a speech delivered at the Libyan state TV, Gaddafi said that he could not prevent war with Italy since Libyans wanted it.

“We are now in a war with Italy and I cannot forbid Libyans to defend their lives and carry the military actions on the enemy’s territory,” Gaddafi said.

Italy was once Gaddafi’s best friend in Europe

Libya was Italian colony from 1911 to 1941. In 2008 Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi signed a so-called Friendship Treaty with Gaddafi. Under this pact Italy paid 5 billion euro reparations to Libya for its colonial rule.

Amid the Libyan civil war in late February Italy suspended the Friendship Treaty.

“Italy insists on repeating the crimes of 1911, in keeping with the same colonialist policy. This is the violent face of Italy. My friend Berlusconi and the Italian parliament are committing a crime,” Gaddafi said.

The good old days: LIbyan leader Gaddafi and Italian prime minister Berlusconi

Italy is one of the 14 NATO countries, taking part in the operation Unified Protector in Libya, which includes airstrikes, a no-fly zone and naval enforcement of an arms embargo. The country however, has not yet engaged in direct air bombing of Libya unlike its peers Britain, France and the USA.

Libya has more than 40 billion barrels of proven petroleum reserves, ninth largest in the world. International sanctions against Libya was lifted in 2003, since then together with soaring oil prices, the North African has built up $110 billion in foreign exchange reserves while its sovereign wealth fund, the Libyan Investment Authority, has $70 billion more to invest around the globe.

The Greensteam pipelines transporting gas from Libya to Italy. Gaddafi has ordered the destruction of the pipelines.

Amid the 2008-2009 financial crisis, oil-rich Libya under Gaddafi has made multiple mega investments in Italy. Italy’s economy has since recovered, ironically, with much thanks to the assistance from Gaddafi which came in form of investments and ‘private’ assistance. Following the global collapse in banking and financial industries, Gaddafi propped up Italy’s largest bank, UniCredit, by buying a 7.5% stake into the bank.

In Milan, Minister Roberto Calderoli fears a heavy response from Gaddafi after his threats to bring the war to Italy. “We fear repercussions against our country,” he added, speaking during the youth rally for the Lega Nord party, “Due to our past treaties and our relatively warm relationship and extensive commercial cooperation in the last 2 years, Gaddafi may consider us not only as enemies but also as traitors”.

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen on Saturday condemned Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi 's “threat” of war against Italy. “I strongly condemn the statement attributed to Colonel Gaddafi threatening Italy. I reject any threat against Italy or any other ally. NATO allies and partners will stand together,” he said in a statement.
A nation has no permanent enemies and no permanent friends, only permanent interests: Winston Churhill

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he is still alive n shouting!

War on Italy?

We’ll see who’s butt get kicked first…

May God protect the vatican! The holy city!

another sign of 2012 getting closer? :shock:

maybe they will firing nuke instead of missile…
bit of sign of 2012 >.>