Swiss inviting Qaeda hits with minaret ban

8th December 2009, Comments 3 comments

Kadhafi says the Swiss referendum banning minarets was an invitation for Al-Qaeda to launch attacks in Europe.

Tripoli -- 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 29 November, more than 57 percent of Swiss voters approved a right-wing 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.

He warned Switzerland of the economic consequences of a rift with the Muslim world. "You must think of your interests. You need gas, ports, the sea, solar energy, investments," Kadhafi said.

Tripoli's own relations with Bern have been strained by the brief detention in July 2008 in Geneva of Kadhafi's son Hannibal and daughter-in-law after two servants had complained of mistreatment.

Two Swiss businessmen have since been held in the North African capital city.

AFP / Expatica

3 Comments To This Article

  • Bjorn posted:

    on 20th January 2010, 23:34:30 - Reply

    Wow! That was quite a reaction!
    There are outrage from many groups and people in the world about lots of things. But why wake up all these arguments at once? It will only create more hatred and possibly wars.
    Try to solve one by one.... peacefully. Then we eventually will have a better world.
    I am not a pacifist, but happens to believe that people to people could solve all this, as long as politicians are kept out of it.
  • David posted:

    on 20th January 2010, 20:22:11 - Reply

    This is only a ban on minarets, not on mosques. There is outrage from Islamic groups. How shocking. Where is the outrage that Jews cannot even pray let alone rebuild on their holiest site, the Temple Mount, in their holy city of Jerusalem without muslims stoning them? Where is the outrage over the muslims blowing up the historical ancient Buddhist statues in Afghanistan? Where is the outrage over the muslims destroying the Sikh Golden Temple? Where is the outrage over Armenian churches being destroyed or converted to mosques? Where is the outrage over muslims destruction of Egyptian Coptic Christians home, business and churches? What about the conversion of the Tejo Mahalaya, a Hindu temple palace now known as the Taj Mahal, to an Islamic shrine, or the Hagia Sophia Church in Istanbul converted to a mosque? Interesting how in muslim countries, a minaret is not required of a mosque. Muslims are the last people who should be lecturing others about intolerance.
  • Bjorn posted:

    on 8th December 2009, 13:24:41 - Reply

    Of course this immediately gives Al-Qaeda the right arguments. I really can not understand how Switzerland could decide to ban the minarets.
    Imagine the outcry from the west if a muslim country will ban building of churches. It is the first time I agree with Kadhafi.