20 April 2004

Sending the right message


“Instead of shouting and criticizing the American initiative, you have to bring democracy to your countries, and then there will be no need to fear America or your people,” said Seif al-Islam al-Qaddafi [son of Libyan dictator Moammar Qaddafi]. “The Arabs should either change or change will be imposed on them from outside.”

Seif denied reports that he is a candidate to succeed his father, who rules Libya (search) with little tolerance of opposition.

“Many Arab countries are now following the policy of inheriting the leadership, but there are hundreds of Libyans who are better [suited] than I,” Seif said.

Seif even praised Israel, saying that unlike Arab countries, sons do not tend to succeed their fathers in power there.

“We don’t put the appropriate person in the right place, but Israel is a democratic country,” [Seif] told the Al-Jazeera television station.

[emphasis added]

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