Libyan leader Moammar Khadafy said on Wednesday US Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama would have an "inferiority complex" because he is black and if elected he might "behave worse than whites."
"We fear that Obama will feel that, because he is black with an inferiority complex, this will make him behave worse than the whites," Khadafy told a rally at a former US military base on the outskirts of the Libyan capital Tripoli.
"This will be a tragedy," Khadafy said. "We tell him to be proud of himself as a black and feel that all Africa is behind him because if he sticks to this inferiority complex he will have a worse foreign policy than the whites had in the past."
He was speaking before thousands of cheering supporters at a ceremony to celebrate the 38th anniversary of the departure of US troops from Libya.
Khadafy, known for his controversial statements, took power in 1969 in a military coup in his oil- and gas-rich North African state. He was shunned for decades by the West, which accused him of supporting terrorism.
His ties with Western countries have improved since Libya announced it was scrapping weapons of mass destruction programs in 2003 and agreed to pay compensation for families of victims of bombings of US and French airliners.
Obama, the son of a Kenyan father and a white mother from Kansas, would be the first African American elected US president. In his campaign he has largely eschewed the rhetoric of racial struggle and drawn support among blacks and whites.
Khadafy said Obama should adopt a policy of supporting poor and weak peoples such as the Palestinians and be a friend of what he called free Arab peoples rather than US "agents" in the Arab world who, he said, were hated by their own people.
"We still hope he will be proud of Africa and change America and free America of its past policy, namely with the Arabs," said Khadafy.
Khadafy saw a dark motive behind a recent speech by Obama in support of Israel. "Obama offered $300 billion in aid to Israel and more military support. He avoided talking about Israel's nuclear weapons," he said.
"We suspect he may fear being killed by Israeli agents and meet the same fate as (assassinated former US President John Fitzgerald) Kennedy when he promised to look into Israel's nuclear program," Khadafy said.
While the existence of Israeli nuclear weapons is widely assumed, Israeli officials have never admitted their existence and US officials have stuck to that line in public.
Obama leads opinion poll
Obama has opened the general election campaign with a six-point lead over Republican John McCain, according to an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released on Wednesday.
The Illinois senator, leads McCain among registered voters, 47 to 41 percent. In the previous NBC/Journal poll in late April, Obama was leading the Arizona senator by three points, 46 percent to 43 percent.
Among respondents who said they voted for Senator Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primaries, 61 percent favored Obama and 19 percent said they preferred McCain.
The poll found Obama leading McCain among African Americans, Hispanics, women and blue-collar workers.
Among white men, who made up 36 percent of the electorate in the 2004 presidential election, McCain has a 20-point lead over Obama, 55 percent to 35 percent, NBC reported.
Obama's lead over McCain expands when New York Senator Hillary Clinton is added as Obama's running mate, the poll found.
An Obama-Clinton ticket would defeat a Republican one of McCain and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney by nine points, 51 percent to 42 percent, NBC said.
Both presidential candidates are in the process of selecting a running mate.
Both Obama and McCain have promised "change" if they are elected to succeed US President George W. Bush in the Nov 4 presidential election.
In the poll, 54 percent of respondents said they were looking for a president who would bring greater changes to current policies, even if that person is less experienced and tested, NBC reported.
Forty-two percent said they preferred a more experienced and tested person as president, even it means fewer changes.
Source: China Daily/Agencies