Farrakhan Defends Gadhafi, Pans US Role in Libya

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan says the United States lacks the moral right to attack the forces of embattled Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi.

The leader of the Chicago-based organization received cheers Friday night from a packed crowd at a civil rights conference at Jackson State University.

He said his friend Gadhafi has played the role of a forceful parent in post-colonial Libya.

Farrakhan gave several reasons why the U.S. lacks the moral authority to intervene in the Libyan conflict, including the deaths of black people at the hands of law enforcement during the Rodney King protests and the unhealthy food that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration allows into the marketplace.

Some Mississippi religious leaders previously said it was offensive that Farrakhan was selected to speak at the conference.

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