ROME (AP) — Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi has lashed out at the United States by likening the 1986 U.S. strikes on Libya to Osama bin Laden's terror attacks.
He also urged the world to understand the reasons that motivate terrorists as he spoke to Italian lawmakers on Thursday during a landmark visit to Rome.
Gadhafi said he condemned terrorism, al-Qaida and bin Laden but added "there are reasons behind ... terrorism and we must look at these reasons."
He asked sarcastically what the difference was between the U.S. airstrikes on Tripoli and Benghazi two decades ago and bin Laden's attacks. Gadhafi said he was being intentionally provocative and urged dialogue.
Gadhafi also said there should be no interference from the West over the governments chosen by other countries.