This video image taken from Libyan state television broadcast Wednesday March 2, 2011 shows Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi addressing supporters and foreign media on Wednesday in a conference hall in the capital Tripoli, Libya. Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi has vowed to fight to the "last man and last woman" to defend his country. (AP Photo/Libyan state television via APTN) LIBYA OUT, TV OUT
WASHINGTON -- Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi is appealing to President Barack Obama to halt the NATO operation to protect opponents of his regime. In a letter to Obama obtained by The Associated Press, Gadhafi implores Obama to stop what he called an "unjust war against a small people of a developing country."
A U.S. official confirms that the U.S. thinks the rambling three-page letter is authentic.
In the letter, sent Wednesday, Gadhafi says his country had been hurt more morally than physically by the NATO campaign and that a democratic society could not be built through missiles and aircraft. He also repeated his claim that his foes are members of al-Qaida.
Gadhafi addresses Obama as "our son" in the letter and says he hopes Obama will win re-election in 2012.