Libya | Jihad Madness

5 03 2010

The Mad Mufti of Libya, Colonel, El President, tin pot with a tan ruler Gaddafi Duck has taken a huge weight of our EUnified Shoulders.  Far from calling out Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al Megrahi from retirement, the Jihad against the Swiss is not an “armed one”.

Libya says jihad against Switzerland ‘not an armed struggle’

Published: 8:46PM GMT 04 Mar 2010

Libya said its leader Colonel Gaddafi’s call for “jihad” against Switzerland was not a reference to armed struggle.

Ali Aujali, Libya’s ambassador to the United States, said: “It is a call for (an) economic and commercial boycott against Switzerland, this is true, but it doesn’t mean by any means that it is an armed struggle.”

On Feb 25, Col Gaddafi called for a “jihad” against Switzerland, branding it an infidel state that was destroying mosques – an apparent reference to a Swiss referendum in favour of banning the construction of minarets.

But Mr Aujali said that Tripoli still expects an apology for US criticism of his remarks.

Asked about the Libyan leader’s “jihad” comment, State Department spokesman P J Crowley last month responded dismissively and drew a parallel to Col Gaddafi’s one hour and 35 minute address to the United Nations last year.

“It just brought me back to a day in September, one of the more memorable sessions of the UN General Assembly that I can recall – lots of words and lots of papers flying all over the place, not necessarily a lot of sense,” Mr Crowley said.

Mr Crowley has since said his comment was not meant as a personal attack but has refused to apologise outright, a stance that did not satisfy Libya.

“The statement we have seen yesterday is … short (of) the apology we are looking forward (to),” Mr Aujali said.

“We are having good, serious relations. We are having American investments in our country and I don’t want that this relationship of the last five years to be hurt,” he added.

“We have to respect each other. We have to be serious when we are dealing with issues concerning our relations.”

Libya’s top oil official summoned the local heads of US energy firms to tell them the diplomatic dispute could have a negative impact on US businesses in Libya, the Libyan state oil company said.

The spat showed the sensitivity of Tripoli’s ties with the West more than six years after its decision to abandon weapons of mass destruction led to a rapprochement with Washington.

While welcoming Mr Aujali’s explanation of Col Gaddafi’s comments, Mr Crowley declined to apologise for his own.

We welcome the clarification of his remarks with respect to the declaration a jihad against Switzerland,” Mr Crowley said.

“We would encourage Libya and Switzerland to resolve these issues through direct dialogue.”

All this over some building restrictions.  Wonder what they would do if they knew what I did to those free korans handed out.  Ask for the ones is Arabic, lot more ink on them, no good for human toilet paper  of course but with all that extra grip, perfect for picking up Fido’s mess.

Gordon sure knows how to pick his friends.

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