- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Libyan leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi used his first appearance before the United Nations to inveigh against the decision-making structure of the world body and call for investigations of all the wars and assassinations that have taken place since the United Nations was founded 64 years ago.

In a 95-minute harangue that emptied out much of the chamber, the Libyan meandered from decrying the U.N. Security Council as a “terror council” because it gives big powers the right to veto resolutions, to accusing capitalist countries of making viruses, to calling for the end of a treaty that bans mines, which he called defensive weapons.

He spoke so long that he exhausted his own interpreter and had to switch to a second. Diplomats in the audience could be seen rolling their eyes and laughing behind their hands.

Despite the eliptical nature of his remarks, Col. Gadhafi kept returning to a basic theme, that of the powers of rich countries compared to poor ones. He said the Security Council is illegitimate because it is controlled by five permanent members - the United States, France, Britain, China and Russia.

“It should not be called the Security Council. It should be called the terror council,” he said. He added that its powers should be given to the General Assembly, which includes all 192 U.N. members, and that it should implement what the larger assembly decides.

Col. Gadhafi also said the U.N. headquarters should be transferred from New York, that the U.S. decision to invade Iraq was “the mother of all evils” and should be investigated, and that an “Israeli,” Jack Ruby, killed Lee Harvey Oswald, the assassin of President John F. Kennedy.

Nonetheless, he professed admiration for President Obama, who spoke immediately before him.

“Obama is a glimpse in the dark. I would be happy if America was governed by him forever,” the colonel said, adding that “no one can guarantee” how America will be governed after Mr. Obama leaves office.

In a sea of gray suits and red neckties, the Libyan stood out in a coppery-brown robe, black pillbox hat and Africa-shaped pin.

The United States and Britain made a fragile peace with Tripoli after it turned over two intelligence officers for trial in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, which killed 270 people, most of them Americans. But the U.S. was infuriated when a Scottish court last month released the one man found guilty in the bombing.

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