US pokes fun at Kadhafi call for jihad on Switzerland



WASHINGTON- The United States on Friday poked fun at Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi's call for jihad against Switzerland, saying it recalled the colonel's anti-Western diatribe at the United Nations last year.
"I saw that report and it just brought me back to the day of September, one of the more memorable sessions of the UN General Assembly that I can recall," State Department spokesman Philip Crowley told reporters.



Moamer Kadhafi gives a speech behind bullet-proof glass to mark the birth of Islam's Prophet Mohammed, on 25th February (AFP/File/Mahmud Turkia)
Moamer Kadhafi gives a speech behind bullet-proof glass to mark the birth of Islam's Prophet Mohammed, on 25th February (AFP/File/Mahmud Turkia)
"Lots of words and lots of papers flying all over the place and not necessarily a lot of sense," Crowley said.
Kadhafi berated Western powers in a UN diatribe, accusing the global body of failing to prevent millions of deaths as he demanded trillions of dollars in colonial reparations.
On Thursday, Kadhafi turned up the heat in his country's dispute with Switzerland, calling for jihad over a recent Swiss ban on the construction of minarets.
"It is against unbelieving and apostate Switzerland that jihad (holy war) ought to be proclaimed by all means," Kadhafi said in a speech in the Mediterranean coastal city of Bengazi to mark the birthday of the Muslim Prophet Mohammed on Friday.
Kadhafi's call marked a new low in Libyan-Swiss relations, which soured in July 2008 when Kadhafi's son Hannibal and his wife were arrested and briefly held in Geneva after two domestic workers complained they had mistreated them.
The row worsened when Libya swiftly stopped two Swiss businessmen, Rashid Hamdani and Max Goeldi, from leaving its territory.
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Saturday, February 27th 2010
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