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Cairo, Asharq Al-Awsat- “Chaos for chaos” is the title of a bizarre message from Libyan fugitive Muammar Gaddafi addressed to the United States and the West that included senseless threats saying some of them were in fact implemented. Gaddafi claimed that his supporters were the ones who instigated a recent demonstration by Americans in Wall Street even though Libyan sources from various cities, among them Sabha, are saying that Gaddafi’s remnants in the city failed to organize a demonstration supportive of the ousted leader who fled from Tripoli at the end of August after ruling the country with iron and fire for 42 years. Many countries accused his regime of being behind bombings and secessionist and armed movements abroad. Gaddafi’s son Al-Mutasim meanwhile threatened in a separate message to target oil and civilian planes.

Around 10,000 Americans demonstrated last week in Wall Street, New York, in an escalation of their protest movements that have been continuing in the city for two weeks to protest poverty and unemployment backed by their labor unions. Reports coming from the United States did not mention any connection between these demonstrations and America’s participation in NATO that is carrying out operations in Libya. An official in Libya’s 17 February revolution said Libya did not see any demonstrations by any Libyans supporting Gaddafi in the liberated cities.

The new message was conveyed by Gaddafi’s spokesman Moussa Ibrahim who cited the former — according to material published by websites loyal to the former Libyan regime – as saying: “We are telling you openly that the Wall Street events are just a message from us to you and to all the evil Western countries. We have the means that instigate the street against you and undermine your security as you have undermined the Libyan people’s security.”

The title of the report by “Al-Libyah” channel on its internet website said: “Leader Muammar Gaddafi in an important message to America, the West, and countries it called are agents: Chaos for chaos.” The internet news agency “Seven Days News” which supports Gaddafi said it received a message from him which Musa Ibrahim dictated to it by telephone. Gaddafi said in the message: “I address my message first to US President Barack Obama and to all those who supported NATO’s invasion of Jamahiriyah to tell them: Do you know now we can stir the situations from under your feet and spread chaos? Tooth for tooth and the instigator is to blame.” Gaddafi added: “I tell them you are living in a society where everything can be bought with money and therefore few million dollars paid by the Libyan people are enough to shake the ground under your feet and ignite the fire around you. We are telling you openly that the Wall Street events are just a message from us to you and to all the evil Western countries that we have the tools that instigate the street against you and undermine your security as you have undermined the Libyan people’s security.”

Ibrahim quoted Gaddafi as saying: “We assert that America’s events will spread, escalate, and change to a point where the Jews of America and their followers would wish they have never shoved their nose into Libya’s affair. We also tell the leaders of France, Britain, and Italy and then their Arab agents that what is happening in America we will transfer to you within weeks and not months and then you will realize that we understand the theory of transferring terror very well.” He added: “Chaos in our country means chaos in your countries. Rest assured that in your miserable economic situations we are capable of turning your countries into intense chaos and you will not be able to do anything. And the one who lives will see.” He pointed out that “Arab agent countries will pay the price for betraying Libya.”

Mahmud al-Fazzani, from the 17 Revolution Youths’ Coalition in Sabha said the Libyan cities liberated from Gaddafi’s control did not see any demonstrations supporting him to warrant him to talk about demonstrations in America which everyone knows had nothing to do with him or with America’s participation in NATO’s operations. He pointed out that the deposed Libyan leader’s supporters still think that he is the center of the universe and can do anything and “it is a thinking that is more like an incurable disease.”

Gaddafi supporters’ sources have said that Musa Ibrahim is in Sirte, which the revolutionaries have been besieging for almost a month, together with Gaddafi’s son Al-Mutasim while pointing out that Saif al-Islam is in Bani Walid. The prevailing belief is that Gaddafi is somewhere in the southwestern borders with Algeria and Niger.

Gaddafi made his last audio message on 7 October and the recording was very bad. It was broadcast by the Syrian-based “Al-Ra’y” channel in which he urged the Libyan to come out into the streets “in their millions” to protest the situations in Libya.

In a related issue, pro-Gaddafi sources have conveyed a message from Al-Mutasim Billah in which he said that resistance by the former regime’s supporters “is continuing and its members are everywhere”, it “will never let a regime under the occupation succeed,” and “command orders” were issued to target every oil installation or tanker on land or in sea. That was Al-Mutasim’s second message since he fled from Tripoli with his father on 22 August. In the copy of the message which Asharq Al-Awsat has obtained, he said Gaddafi’s supporters would target civilian planes and warned Libyans against boarding flights “between Libya and suspect countries and source of danger, among them the Emirates, Qatar, France, Italy, Malta, and Turkey.” In his first message before two weeks, Al-Mutasim said orders were issued to assassinate members of the Transitional Council but no attempt of this kind has been recorded since that time.

Libyan political analyst Nasir Ajmaiyah has said the messages of Gaddafi and his supporters are now reflecting desperate attempts to prove their existence because the Libyans demonstrating today are coming out to celebrate victory over “the demise of the tyrant’s rule” and expressed his hope of quick victory in liberating Sirte and Bani Walid “to close Gaddafi’s page forever.”