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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Saif al Islam Gaddafi claims rebels want to convert Libyans to Christianity

Back in 2007, The New York Times described Saif al Islam Gaddafi as "part scholar, part monk, part model, part policy wonk" and "the un-Gaddafi."

The BBC Arabic channel reports on a speech that this scholar and policy wonk gave on Libyan state TV a few days ago:

Seif al-Islam Gaddafi, the son of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, accused the Libyan opposition of working on the division of the country, committing atrocities during the current conflict, and working on converting the Libyans to Christianity.

He added that the opposition is only a very few people against the ruling regime, and they seek to divide the country and control the east of the country, rich with oil.

He said he has proof that the opposition, based in the city of Benghazi, east of the country, has a plan to divide the country into six provinces, and that the Libyans would not accept the existence of a conservative Berber province west of the country.

Saif al-Islam also accused the opposition of pushing a secular constitution, and of encouraging Libyans to convert to Christianity.

He called for "jihad" against the Christians and the Outlaws and the invaders, as he called them, saying the government was "ready to arm any Muslim who believes in jihad."
Notice how a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics turns people into peaceful, pragmatic moderates.

(Why did the BBC not report this in English?)