British justice secretary warns of Gaddafi revenge attack
British Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke warned Saturday of a possible revenge attack on Britain by Moamer Gaddafi should the Libyan leader succeed in remaining in power, reported DPA
"The British people have reason to remember the curse of Gaddafi - Gaddafi back in power, the old Gaddafi looking for revenge, we have a real interest in preventing that," Clarke said in an interview with the Guardian newspaper.
The justice secretary made reference to the 1988 bombing of a US airliner over Lockerbie, Scotland, in which 270 people were killed. Mohamed Abdul al-Jeleil, former justice minister to Gaddafi, claimed after his resignation in February that Gaddafi had personally ordered the attack.
Clarke stressed however that regime change was not a part of the recent United Nations mandate for intervention in Libya, adding that occupying Libya would be out of the question.
"We have ruled it out in the (UN) resolution, thank heavens. It would be mad to occupy another country while we are in Afghanistan," he said.
The British politician further stated that he believed no one - including the Libyans themselves - had any idea how long the situation would continue or what the end result would look like.
"You cannot answer what is the destination, what it is going to be the moment when you can see the mission is accomplished. It is a little uncertain, but that would have been a dreadful reason for doing nothing."