April 6th, 2011
01:56 PM ET

Gadhafi letter pleads for stop to NATO bombing

Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi sent a letter to President Barack Obama urging him to stop the NATO bombings, a senior administration official said Wednesday.

Ex-U.S. Rep. Curt Weldon, who met with Gadhafi within the last decade, paid a visit to the Libyan capital with a cease-fire plan and a clear message to the embattled ruler that he must step down.

"It's a very solemn time because there's so much at risk here," said Weldon, who led a congressional delegation to Libya in 2004 and is visiting Tripoli at Gadhafi's invitation.

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  1. Fadwa Gallal

    No President Obama! Don't listen to the terrorist Gaddafi! .. We need ur help .. Gaddafi is no different than Binladen ..

    April 6, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • James

      There is certainly a difference. Gaddafi didn't fly planes into our buildings and kill innocent Americans. Let the Libians fight their own civil war. We've got enough of our own problems to solve.

      April 6, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      BinLaden was a revolutionist himself

      April 6, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • BurnTHalO

      No, Gaddafi! just blew up a plane that killed a bunch of Americans.

      April 6, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michelle

      James – while I certainly agree comparing Qaddafi to bin Laden is a bit ridiculous, it's also ridiculous you point out the reason they are not the same is because bin Laden killed innocent Americans using airplanes. Are you not aware Qaddafi was behind the explosion of Pan Am flight 103? A Libyan man carried that out and the world shut Libya out. When Qaddafi was ready to place nice again, he admitted to being behind the bombing. 189 innocent Americans were killed when a bomb blew that plane out of the sky.

      April 6, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Avi Shlomo

      Well Fadwa, you have not really learnt from recent history: The American went to Iraq, look what happned? No democracy but an utter civil war. would you like that to happen in Libya? if so, Please do not beg to leave the country when that happens.

      April 6, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Avi Shlomo

      Well Michelle, do you recall the downing of the Libyan passnger plane over the Sinai desert in the 70s by the mighty israeli Airforce?...oh forget it, w ecan't say any thing about israel as it is protected by biblical imunity..Gaddafi is not the only rotten Apple there....we have one that cost us 9 billion dollar a year and that is exempted from all spending cuts.

      April 6, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • SAM

      Gadhafi's resume runs red with blood:
      Pan Am Flight 103 – 270 dead (178 of which were americans).
      Backing the Black September Movement which perpetrated the Munich massacre at the 1972 Summer Olympics.
      Sold arms & explosives to the IRA 1976 on.
      Is a strong supporter of the Palestine Liberation Organization, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front in the Philippines, Abu Sayyaf, and The New People's Army, Jörg Haider in Austria, the FARC, Slobodan Milošević's regime, and trained and armed the Sandinistas in Nicaragua.
      5 April 1986, Libyan agents bombed "La Belle" nightclub in West Berlin, killing three people and injuring 229 people
      Amnesty International listed at least 25 assassinations of Libyan nationals abroad between 1980 and 1987.
      2011 – slaughtering his own people.

      April 6, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      Agreed, Gadhafi and Libya should be left to take care of their own civil war. The war on terror started in a similar fashion. We invaded a foreign country that was undergoing major conflict and somehow, we became the bad guys and now every September we pay our respects to the people we lost because of it. For once, the U.S. should sit out and watch to see what happens instead of getting involved because what we've been doing hasn't been working so why don't we try something new!

      April 6, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
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      April 6, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Herbert

      Good posting,Sean. As for the bombings,Barack Obama doesn't give a devil's damn about human life he just wants to please the MIC(military-industrial-complex) no matter who lives or dies so the bombings will continue no matter what.

      April 6, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • ted colo

      You are right; this rotten rate is worse than BenLaden
      Gaddafi can't be trusted

      April 7, 2011 at 2:16 am | Report abuse |

    Well said , Fadwa 🙂

    April 6, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Herbert

    "Oh stop it. Please stop. I don't like it done to me," said Gahhafi.

    April 6, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • freeman

      Yes, his plea makes perfect sense. "Please stop bombing my artillery units, so they can get back to bombing my civilians!"

      April 6, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  4. whatever

    Three sentences? Hell of an article CNN...

    April 6, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • DM

      I completely agr

      April 6, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yes

      I completely agree. CNN, I know you want to be like message board fiends and shout FIRST in putting this useless blurb up, but just wait until you've at least fleshed out the story before posting something inconclusive (and therefore possibly inaccurate) on it.

      April 6, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Chris

    This is very good news. It means the what NATO is doing is working. Gahhafi seems to be desperate.

    April 6, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • SofGangsta

      Not necessarily – it could be an implied threat. What was not reported is what might've also been in the letter: "Stop or you lose another airliner."

      April 6, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  6. stacy

    Did he say "pretty please?"

    April 6, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |

    Yes, please stop! This is not worth wasting American tax dollars on!

    April 6, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  8. matt

    a letter ? seriously? common Mommar atleats text or tweet him

    April 6, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  9. O

    This is the best time to strike a good deal. We hold all the cards.

    April 6, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Really?????

    I can hear president lundberg/obama right now.....uummmm yea I'm going to have to go ahead and disagree with you, the rebels have lost some people this week and they need to catch up. Thaaanks

    April 6, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Herbert

    Stacy is a pretty name. It's prettier than Jenifer.

    April 6, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • freeman

      There are guys named Stacy. Never heard of a male Jennifer.

      April 6, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Easton

    PUT Gaddafi out of his misery already!! He doesn't serve one good purpose!! You have heard of him raping and murdering innocent people. Capture him and let the people of Libya decide what they will do. Hopefully they hang his ass like Saddam.

    April 6, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  13. really?

    That's funny

    April 6, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Semper fi

    Talk to the hand"..........of NATO. We should increase the bombing

    April 6, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Herbert

      Yours is the most repulsive comment I've seen here yet,Semper fi. It's people like you who got this country in the mess it's in nowadays!

      April 6, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Herbert

      Thank you,RUFFNUTT. I agree with you. People like this Semper fi are truly revolting.

      April 6, 2011 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |

      I know,Herbert. Just don't pay any attention to these ignoramuses.

      April 6, 2011 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
  15. U

    If i dont see the letter i will not believe it. Cant trust the government.

    April 6, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
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