Muammar Gadhafi has appealed directly to President Barack Obama to halt what the Libyan leader called “an unjust war” and wished Obama good luck in his bid for re-election next year.
In a rambling, three-page letter to Obama obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press, Gadhafi implored Obama to stop the NATO-led air campaign, which the Libyan called an “unjust war against a small people of a developing country.”
The letter arrived as U.S. military officials said Gadhafi’s forces have made some hard-fought gains, seizing the coastal town of Brega from the rebel forces. The officials told NBC News that the Libyan forces appear to be “positioning” themselves to move eastward and make another run at Ajdabiya within the next couple of days.
“You are a man who has enough courage to annul a wrong and mistaken action,” Gadhafi wrote in the letter that was sent to the State Department and forwarded immediately to the White House, according to a U.S. official who has seen the letter. “I am sure that you are able to shoulder the responsibility for that.”
“To serving world peace … Friendship between our peoples … and for the sake of economic, and security cooperation against terror, you are in a position to keep Nato off the Libyan affair for good,” Gadhafi wrote. Agencies