Gadhafi: US policy strengthens al-Qaeda
Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi said Sunday the U.S.-led war on terror has strengthened al-Qaeda because Muslims around the world have perceived the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq as aggression against Islam and attempts to spread American influence.
In an interview aired Sunday on ABC's "This Week," Gadhafi stressed that his country was cooperating with Washington to combat terrorism and the "common enemy" of al-Qaeda. But he attacked the US foreign policy as colonialist and controlled by Jewish groups.
He added America's targeting of al-Qaeda's chief, Osama bin Laden, has transformed him into "a symbol for defending the Islamic world."
"As long as America (is) approaching (the war on terror) in such a method ... together with the Israelis ... the more they do that, the more they create an environment or atmosphere for the development of al-Qaeda," Gadhafi said, The Associated Press quoted him as saying.
Gadhafi described al-Qaeda terrorists as "crazy and insensible people" who have committed attacks on America, Egypt, Nigeria, Sudan, Saudi Arabia and other states. "So all these countries are fighting one common enemy," he conveyed.
"There is an exchange of information and an exchange of persons between these respective countries," Gadhafi said.
The Libyan leader also blamed Saudi Arabia's Wahhabi sect of Islam for being behind the emergence of al-Qaeda and other extremist groups and accused "the regime or the system in Saudi Arabia (as being) based on fundamentalism."
Gadhafi said Libya opposed all extremist and radical Islamic movements and invited Western states to talk with his World Islamic Leadership, which he said he formed to demonstrate "the civilized aspect of Islam."
Gadhafi attacked the American approach toward the war in Iraq and the Israeli-Palestinian crisis, saying it caused people to support al-Qaeda and "say that bin Laden is right."
Gadhafi laughed when asked to comment on President Bush's "road map" peace plan to solve the Palestinian-Israeli situation, saying: "It will not succeed."
He reiterated his theory that the land on which Israel and the Palestinian territories are located was too small for two states, and that the solution was to create one country - Isratine - for both sides to live in. (Albawaba.com)
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