Robert Mugabe says the slaughter of Gaddafi is as tragic as the death of US envoy
Gaddafi’s killing as tragic as death of US envoy to Libya: Mugabe
Thu Sep 27, 2012 8:26AM GMT
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has censured the US and NATO over the military intervention in Libya in 2011, saying the death of Libya’s dictator Muammar Gaddafi was as tragic as that of the US ambassador to Libya.
“Bombs were… thrown about in a callous manner and quite a good many civilians died. Was that the protection that they (US and NATO) had sought under Chapter 7 of the [UN] Charter?” Mugabe said in an address to the UN General Assembly in New York City on Wednesday.
“The mission was strictly to protect civilians, but it turned out that there was a hunt, a brutal hunt, of Gaddafi and his family.”
On September 11, US Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens and three staff members were killed in an attack on the US consulate building in the city of Benghazi.
“As we in spirit join the United States in condemning that death, shall the United States also join us in condemning that barbaric death of the head of state of Libya – Gaddafi?” Mugabe stated.
The Zimbabwean president also criticized Washington over the 2003 invasion of Iraq under the pretext of finding weapons of mass destruction and said the US “rushed to suck oil from Iraq.”
Mugabe, who has ruled Zimbabwe since the country’s independence from Britain in 1980, has taken many occasions to criticize the Western policies.