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In a flowing robe befitting a tribal chief, Muammar Gaddafi threw a colorful African lovefest last week. Local divas crooned songs praising "Africa, our father, our mother," Libyan TV broadcast films dramatizing Africa's triumph over colonialism and banners filled the streets proclaiming, "Welcome to the U.S.A." United States of Africa, that is. As heads of state from around the continent gathered for a summit in the coastal city of Sirte, Gaddafi welcomed them by declaring, "This is a historic day that will restore African dignity in the eyes of the world. Long live Africa!"

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