Behind the Libyan revolution--Leaders says bin Laden drugging rebels

Muammar al-Gaddafi, pictured in 2009Image by via Flickr
NY Post:

Leader Moammar Khadafy says al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden is behind the uprising in Libya and al Qaeda followers give young Libyans hallucinogenic pills in their coffee to get them to revolt.

Khadafy has made the comments in a phone call to Libyan state TV Thursday, expressing condolences for deaths in the city of Zawiya but chiding its residents for joining the rebellion.

He says those revolting are "loyal to bin Laden ... This is al-Qaida that the whole world is fighting."

He says al Qaeda militants are "exploiting" teenagers, giving them "hallucinogenic pills in their coffee with milk, like Nescafe."

Witnesses said 10 people were killed when pro-Khadafy forces attacked opponents at a mosque in Zawiya, east of Tripoli.

Before Khadafy's speech, senior Libyan officials warned foreign journalists who have entered Libya without proper government accreditation to cover the violent unrest sweeping the country that they will be considered al Qaeda collaborators and subject to immediate arrest, the State Department said Thursday.

There is apparently a small al Qaeda element among the rebels, but I do not think they are there as reporters. Clearly, Qaddafi wants to keep the media out of the country so he does not have to deal with atrocity questions.

BTW, al Qaeda has been known to use drugs to prep a human bomb for attacks, but I do not think they are using them to persuade Libyans that Qaddafi is worthy of a rebellion.
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