The Fraggle-haired dictator also quips "I don't think anyone in the Muslim world will from now on authorise the construction of a church."
This is ironic, of course, since 1.) it's not like the Muslim world has welcomed churches or freedom of worship with open arms up to now, and 2.) restrictions on building non-Muslim houses of worship are enshrined in the Pact of Umar, which has provided a far-reaching precedent for oppressing non-Muslims in a variety of ways. For that matter, the minaret ban does not restrict worship or the construction of mosques.
"Swiss inviting Qaeda hits," from Agence France-Presse, December 6:
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 November 29, more than 57 per cent 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.
'He warned Switzerland of an economic fallout of a rift with the Muslim world. 'You must think of your interests. You need gas, ports, the sea, solar energy, investments,' Kadhafi said.
Investments: After all, things are going so swimmingly in Dubai.