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Larijani: West's Scenario for Ghaddafi Similar to Saddam's

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TEHRAN, March 25 (ICANA) – Iran's Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani says that under the present circumstances, the US and West are responsible for the massacre of the Libyan people and the ongoing despotism of the Libyan dictator.
Friday, March 25, 2011 5:40:57 PM
Larijani: West's Scenario for Ghaddafi Similar to Saddam's

Larijani believes that Washington's scenario regarding Moammar Ghaddafi's Libya is similar to its treatment of the former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein during the intifada in that country.

Speaking in an interview with Iranian reporters club Friday, Larijani accused the United States of "cunningly trying to keep a powerless Ghaddafi in power to get concessions from Libya." At the same time, the Majlis speaker noted, they want to discredit Ghaddafi and his supporters in the world on the pretext of backing the Libyan revolutionaries.

Larijani added: "The revolutionary people in Libya are caught within a triangle of adventure. One side of the triangle is the malign ruling dictatorship; another side is the filthy wishes of the colonialists (US and West); and the third side is the hypocrisy of the Arab states and the Arab League."

He said the Arab governments had kept mum for a long time vis-à-vis the events in Libya; but upon a decision by the US and other Western countries to take action they (Arab rulers) joined them to serve their adventurism in dominating Libya's oil resources.

The top legislator said the Western leaders themselves made quite contradictory statements about Libya. Mr. Obama spoke about Ghaddafi's elimination with London following suit, Larijani said. But, he added, the US secretary of defense announced that the Libyan dictator's elimination was not appropriate and predicted that Ghaddafi's overthrow may take a long time! "These contradictions show that there is an orchestrated plan for the scarred Libyan people."

The NATO secretary general says the 28-member coalition has agreed to take control of enforcing a no-fly zone over Libya while the US remains in charge of military operations.

The decision comes as the director of the US military's Joint Staff, Vice Admiral Bill Gortney, had said earlier on Thursday that Washington was working very hard to hand over leadership of the coalition policing a no-fly zone over Libya to some other entity.

"At this moment there will still be a coalition operation and a NATO operation," said NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen in Brussels as he announced the agreement following four days of marathon talks to determine who should take command of US-led operation in Libya.

The NATO, however, stopped short of taking full command of all military operations, which is set to enter its seventh consecutive day.

"We are considering whether NATO should take on the broader responsibility in accordance with the UN Security Council resolution, but that decision has not been reached yet." Rasmussen stated.

NATO officials said the coalition's operations as part of efforts to enforce the no-fly zone were expected to begin in 48-72 hours. In the meantime, Pentagon officials said on Thursday that the US warplanes will continue flying over Libya.

Earlier on Thursday, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu stated that NATO will take full command of the ongoing military operation against Libya after Ankara's demands were met in negotiations with Britain, France and the US.

"The coalition formed after a meeting in Paris is going to give up its mission as soon as possible and hand over the entire operation to NATO with its single command structure," Davutoglu said.

Meanwhile, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton claimed that Libyan regime's air force and air defenses have largely become ineffective and that forces loyal to the embattled ruler Muammar Gaddafi have been pushed back as the result of the Western alliance's aerial strikes.

Speaking at the State Department, Clinton went on to say that the US aircraft flying missions have seen a significant drop as compared to the increasing number of flying missions by other participating countries.

"Today we are taking the next step. We have agreed, along with our NATO allies, to transition command and control for the no-fly zone to NATO," she said.

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