2011 Libyan civil war
The 2011 Libyan civil war is a major political transition of the nation of Libya, which began on 15 February 2011 as a series of protests and confrontations against the government and its leader Muammar Gaddafi, partly inspired by the Tunisian revolution and the 2011 Egyptian revolution, in the political transformations which have become known as the Arab Spring.
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- I am with Gaddafi but I want the bloodshed to stop. I am not calling on him to step down. If one Libyan has been killed — not ten or 20 — but one — this is a crime. Gaddafi is brave, he will make a decision. There is confusion — I have spoken to a relative in Libya and there has been no airbombing.
- Muammar Gaddafi is telling the Libyans "either I rule you or I kill you." … Slavery and the rule of one person is finished – it's finished. … The Arab world is going to change completely when Gaddafi will flee. … The whole Arab world will move quickly for freedom, and not by the generals. No, now the Arab people will do it. … All the Arab world, from the ocean to the Gulf, are supporting Libya, all of them in the street supporting Libya, all of them … In one year you will have another Arab world. … I was one of his closest good friends, who worked with him from the beginning of the revolution. Unfortunately we started the revolution with freedom, at the end of it you are killing our people.
- Abdel Rahman Shalgham, Libya's ambassador to the United Nations, as quoted in "Libya's UN ambassador denounces Gaddafi" in The Telegraph (25 February 2011).
- We all need to work together on further steps to hold the Qaddafi government accountable, provide humanitarian assistance to those in need and support the Libyan people as they pursue a transition to democracy. … We will continue to explore all possible options for actions … As we have said, nothing is off the table so long as the Libyan government continues to threaten and kill Libyans.
- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, as quoted in "International Pressure on Qaddafi Intensifies" by David D. Kirkpatrick and Alan Cowell, in The New York Times (28 February 2011).
- We stand for peace, freedom and the sovereignty of the Libyan people, Libya is facing a difficult time. The situation must not be manipulated through the media. We repudiate violence, but you cannot stop objectively analyzing this conflict, Some conditions are being created to justify an invasion of Libya, and the main objective of the invasion would be to take over the oil.
- I am not going to leave this land. I will die as a martyr at the end. I shall remain, defiant. Muammar is Leader of the Revolution until the end of time.
- Muammar al-Gaddafi, address to the nation (22 February 2011) quoted in guardian.co.uk (22 February 2011) "Gaddafi urges violent showdown and tells Libya 'I'll die a martyr'" by Ian Black.
- الله و معمر و ليبيا وبس (Allah, Muammar, Libya: That's all!)
- Pro-Gaddafi chant, quoted in guardian.co.uk (18 March 2011) "Gaddafi loyalists: 'We're united and we will fight for this land'" by Ian Black.