Qaddafi spoke to the General Assembly for the first time in 2009, after more than 40 years in power. The eccentric North African leader was allotted 15 minutes, but spoke for more than an hour and a half. He tore up a copy of the UN Charter and accused the UN Security Council of being a "terror council."
Turning the tables on terrorism rhetoric at the time, he asked the assembly, "Why are we against the Taliban?" And why were people opposed to the Taliban establishing an "Islamic emirate," he wanted to know. He also speculated that swine flu was a man-made biological weapon.