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January 24, 1986 - Image 20

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1986-01-24

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20 Friday, January 24, 1986






C., I

Libya's Col. Khadafy
is a shrewd
and very dangerous
leader who wants
to take over
the Mideast
and Africa.


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r From A Madman



• The leader of Libya, Col.
system, which we don't
Muanunar Khadafy, is not a
understand, so we call him
madman, but a shrewd and
crazy. But \he is far from it,"
dangerous fundamentalist
said Churba,adding that
Moslem revolutionary whose
Khadafy is more dangerous
aim is nothing less than to
to his fellow Arabs than he is
take control of all of Africa
to Israel. "Of course he would
and the Middle East.
like to destroy . Israel, but he
That's the view of a re-
also wants to destroy the
spected Middle East expert
other Arab states and he is
in Washington who told the
physically closer to them and
Baltimore Jewish Times this
thui more of a ihreat. He's
week that the American
already taken over half of
government has dangerously
Chad and is a major force in
underestimated Khadafy. Dr.
the Sudan. But his goal is not
Joseph Churba, president of
Khartoum, it's Cairo."
Pencon, a Washington con-
According to Churba, who
sulting firm that publishes
has studied Khadafy's three-
the only monthly newsletter
volume manifesto, The Green
in America on Libyan tactics,
Book, which outlines the Li-
strategies and personalities,
byan leader's vision of an
asserted that Libya's leader , Arab utopia with 3.5 million
wants to dismantle the na-
of his countrymen dominat
tion state system in Africa
ing the 100 million people of
and the Middle East and rule • sub-Saharan Africa, Khadafy
the entire area himself. "He
sees himself as a man of
has a totally different value • destiny. The other Arab

leaders are fearful of him but
they do not speak out against
him openly because they are
all supposed to be unified in
their'opposition to Israel.
Despite the threat Khadafy
poses to world peace, it is
only the most recent spurt of
terrorist acts that have put
him in the headlines in. the
West. Though he denies har-
boring terrorists, it is known
that Libya has been a safe
haven and training camp for
Various Palestinian terrorists
for at least a decade. At 43, -
Khadafy has been in power.
since 1969, when he over-
threw King Idris. He sees
himself as the heir to Gamal _
Abdel Nasser's vision of
uniting the Arabs through
domination, destroying Israel
and defying. the. West.
The son of a Bedouin.
farmer whose family fought,
Italian colonialists, Khadafy




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