TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Libyan ruler Moammar Gadhafi vowed to fight to the death in a defiant speech Tuesday after NATO military craft unleashed a ferocious series of some daytime airstrikes on Tripoli.
In a phone call to Libyan state television station, Gadhafi angrily denounced the rebels who rose up against him in mid-February, inspired by a wave of Arab uprisings.
"We will not kneel!" he shouted. "We will not surrender: we only have one choice — to the end! Death, victory, it does not matter, we are not surrendering!" he shouted.
As he spoke, the sound of low-flying military craft could be heard whooshing through Tripoli again, and Gadhafi quickly hung up.