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Gadhafi takes the stage

World leaders, many reeling from a year marked by global economic freefall and a growing threat from global warming and nuclear proliferation, exhorted one another Wednesday to work together to meet those challenges. But it was Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, both with his entrance and his 96-minute address, who stole the show completely. Gadhafi called for world unity in confronting crises — such as climate change and food shortages — but he expressed ire at the world body and the United States. In his rambling address (and subsequently his first appearance before the United Nations), Gadhafi broached conspiracy theories, urged probes into U.S. military activities and took aim at the structure and the actions of the Security Council itself. Dressed in a traditional Libyan cap and robe, he elaborated on what he said is the unfairness of the structure of the U.N. Security Council, which has five permanent members — the United States, Russia, China, France and Britain, each with veto power. ”Are we equal in permanent seats?” Gadhafi asked. “No, we’re not equals.” He said the Security Council has provided not security, but “terror and sanctions.” No one should accept the resolutions of the Security Council, he said, adding that the body should be called the “terror council.” Video Watch Gadhafi demand equality » He also slammed U.S. military actions in places such as Panama, Vietnam and Grenada and called the invasion of Iraq “the mother of all evils.” On the Middle East, he said the solution for Israelis and Palestinians “is a democratic state without religious fanaticism” and said people on both sides want to live in one state. The video below documents even more of Gadhafi’s showmanship. Comments? Thoughts? GO!

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