Gaddafi was “talking” to an audience of US academics at the University of Columbia via sattelite recently and informed everyone that the most democratic country in the world today was in fact Libya.
Buckle your seat belts…
Ã¢??“There is no state with a democracy except Libya on the whole planet”
…However, he did also use the rare debate to lash out at Middle East countries, declaring them “backward”.
…Despite the recent rapprochement between Washington and Tripoli, Mr Gaddafi denounced Western democracy as “fake” and “farcical”.
…Speaking in Arabic via an interpreter, he said Libya’s Jamahiriya system gave its people a genuine opportunity to air their views at “people’s congresses”.
Challenged by a US moderator on the issue of freedom of speech, Col Gaddafi said every Libyan could express their opinions at the congresses.
He described them as better forums than a newspaper, insisting that “everything is open to discussion” in Libya and, while Washington resorted to “eavesdropping” on its population and “creating another state of terror.”
“Countries like the United States, India, China, the Russian Federation, are in bad need of this Jamahiriya system,” Col Gaddafi said. [source]Ã¢?Â