JFK, Swine Flu Plots: Gadhafi Covers All

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 23, 2009 2:40 PM CDT
JFK, Swine Flu Plots: Gadhafi Covers All
Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi beaks with protocol and walks down the aisle to speak during his address.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Maybe he just needs a good night's sleep (somewhere). Moammar Gadhafi made such a long and rambling speech today—his main point seemed to be to rail against the Security Council's power—that he wore out his first translator. Some odds and ends:

  • He suggested Israel had a hand in the JFK assassination.
  • Swine flu might be a military weapon that leaked from a lab.
  • He complained at length of jet lag and having to get up early for the meeting.
  • On that note, he suggested moving the UN out of New York: "You will thank me for not having to travel for 20 hours to this place."

  • He suggested Isratine as the name of a single Israeli-Palestinian state.
  • He tore the edge off a copy of the UN charter, saying only its preamble was legit.
  • At one point, he grabbed an audio device to check on his translation.
  • He called for investigations into the major wars since the UN was founded, then listed many of them.
  • His handwritten notes appeared to be scrawled at different angles and in different colors.
  • By the time he wrapped up after 96 minutes, the hall was half-empty.
(More Moammar Gadhafi stories.)

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