Gaddafi Warns Switzerland That Minaret Ban Invites Al-Qaeda Attacks
Libyan dictator Moamer Gaddafi says that the Swiss minaret ban invites attacks by Al-Qaeda on Europe. Gaddafi also said the ban on minarets will force Muslim countries to ban church construction.
The AFP reported, via Islam in Europe:
Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi said the Swiss referendum banning the building of new minarets was an invitation for Al-Qaeda to launch attacks in Europe, the official news agency JANA reported on Sunday.
“They pretend they are ‘fighting Al-Qaeda and terrorism’ whereas in fact they have just rendered it the greatest service,” he said, referring to Switzerland with disdain as “the mafia of the world.”
On November 29, more than 57 percent of Swiss voters approved a rightwing motion to ban minarets on mosques, a decision that has sparked an international backlash and charges of intolerance.
“Al-Qaeda militants are now saying: ‘We warned you that they were our enemies… Look at what they are doing in Europe. Come and join us for a jihad (holy war) against Europe,'” Kadhafi said.
The Libyan leader, speaking at an academic ceremony on Saturday in Zliten, 160 kilometres (100 miles) east of Tripoli, said Muslim countries now had an argument not to allow the building of new churches.
“I don’t think anyone in the Muslim world will from now on authorise the construction of a church,” Kadhafi said.
In a recent poll 75% of Londoners also support a ban on minarets.