Following is text of the February 25, 2011 speech delivered by Libyan Leader Mu'ammar Al-Qadhafi, at Green Square, which was broadcast live on Al-Jamahiriya TV.
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"Prepare to Defend Honor, Independence, and Glory… the Arsenals will be Opened, so that the Entire Libyan People Can Arm Itself"
Mu'ammar Al-Qadhafi: "Respond to their claims. Respond to those collaborators. Respond to those liars. Respond to the 'lies agencies.' These are not news agencies. This is not media. These are 'lies agencies.' They should be called 'lies agencies.' Respond to them.
"I know the Libyan people. If my people doesn't love me, I have no right to live. If my people, the Arab people, the African peoples, and all the peoples do not love Mu'ammar Al-Qadhafi, then Mu'ammar Al-Qadhafi has no right to live for even a single day. If my people does not love me, I have no right to live for even a single day. This is my people. This is the voice of the people.
"Prepare to defend Libya. Prepare to defend the Great Man-Made River. Prepare to defend the oil. Prepare to defend honor, independence, and glory. Respond to them. Respond to them. Let them be embarrassed. Let them be ashamed. I am among the masses at the Green Square of Tripoli.
"This is the people. These are the sons and grandsons of the martyrs of the battles of Jihad, who shattered the Italian invasion. The Italian empire was shattered by the resistance of your fathers and grandfathers. With the will of the people, we are capable of shattering any aggression – with the armed people. When it becomes necessary, the arsenals will be opened, so that the entire Libyan people can arm itself. All the Libyan tribes. Libya will become like red fire, like red coals.
"I have come here to salute you and your courage. I have come to tell you to respond to them. I am among the people, the masses. Even though Mu'ammar Al-Qadhafi is not a president, a king, or a prime minister, and has no constitutional or administrative authorities, the people love him, because here lies glory. We are glory, honor, splendor, history, and struggle.
"This is the people that brought Italy down to its knees, to the point that it kissed the hand of the son of Omar Al-Mukhtar. This is the revolution that brought Italy down to its knees and made it kiss the hand of the son of Omar Al-Mukhtar – Sheik of the Martyrs, the Hero of the Jungle, the leader of the national Libyan resistance. This is the people that forced Italy to apologize, and to pay compensation against its will. This is the revolution that forced Italy to apologize and to pay compensation in all wretchedness.
"This is the revolution that brought Libya to the top, and made it the leader of the Third World – nay, of the world in its entirety. This is the revolution that elevated the Libyan people. The revolution brought the people to greatness. You should sing, dance, and get ready. Sing, dance, and get ready. This high morale is stronger than the mouthpieces of the wretched, despicable, collaborating Arabs."
"Mu'ammar Al-Qadhafi is Among the Masses, Among the Youth"
"Europe, America, and the Arabs – look at the Libyan people. Mu'ammar Al-Qadhafi is among the masses, among the youth. This is the Libyan people. This is the fruit of the revolution. These young people are enthusiastic because they believe that glory, honor, splendor, and history lie in the revolution. This is the revolution that revived the jihad of the heroic forefathers. This is the revolution that revived Omar Al-Mukhtar, and revived the battles of Jihad everywhere, commemorating them so that these sacrifices would not be lost. They had wanted to erase the sacrifices of our fathers and grandfathers.
"I am among the masses, and we will fight and defeat them, if they touch any part of Libyan soil. Libyan soil is precious. We will defeat any foreign attempt, just as we defeated them in the past – just as we defeated Italian colonialism and the American raids.
"This is the invincible power – the power of the masses, of the youth. Life without glory is not worth living. Life without flags flying high – like these green flags – is not worth living. Life has value when it is a life of glory, honor, dignity, and victory, and when green flags fly high.
"Oh, the youth, you can relax in any street, in any square – dance and sing all night, live a life of glory, live a life of high morale. Mu'ammar Al-Qadhafi is merely one of you. Dance! Sing! Rejoice! Be happy!"
Mu'ammar Al-Qadhafi blows kisses to the crowd
[i] "Lion of the Desert" is the epithet given to Omar Al-Mukhtar. Recently, Mu'ammar Al-Qadhafi has referred to him as "Lion of the Jungle."