Did I miss something here?

David Ignatius makes some extremely questionable statements in a recent Washington Post article:

Before the election, the radical Sheik Yusuf al-Qaradhawi even issued a fatwa supporting John McCain: “Personally, I would prefer for the Republican candidate, McCain, to be elected. This is because I prefer the obvious enemy who does not hypocritically [conceal] his hostility toward you . . . to the enemy who wears a mask [of friendliness].”

Obama makes the jihadists nervous because he is an appealing new face whose ascension undermines the belief that Islam and the West are locked in an inescapable clash of civilizations. “The Democrats kill you slowly without you noticing it. . . . They are like a snake whose touch is not felt until its poison enters your body,” observes Qaradhawi.

I’m having great difficulty believing that Qardawi  actually said these things as it just doesn’t seem like the kind of thing he talks about.  And correct me if I am wrong, if he did actually make any comment about the US elections, he would not have done so in the form of a fatwa.   Furthermore, considering Qaradawi’s influence anything he said  would have received widespread coverage in the Arabic press.  This is the first I’ve heard of this.

More on the Inter-Faith Conference

The recently completed UN Interfaith conference is  more significant than the coverage it received in the US media.  Not because of anything to do with religion, but for  its implications on the the Arab-Israeli peace process:  Never before has the King of Saudi Arabia sat in the same room with Israeli political leaders (Shimon Peres, Tipvi Livni) so this is a major adjustment for the Kingdom and a huge political achievement for Israel.  

 Fahmy Huwedi and Tariq Al-Bashri, top Egyptian commentators,  have scathing columns in today’s Al-Dostor, criticizing the King for refusing to bring up violence in Gaza while handing the Israelis a major PR victory.  Bashri goes as far to say that the King sitting in the same room as Peres is no less significant as Sadat visiting Jerusalem in 1977.   However, he then goes on to undermine the credibility of his argument by saying that the US and Israel are behind attempts to instigate Sunni-Shia conflict in order to create a new enemy  or distraction for the Arabs, so that they no longer focus on Israel.  He compares this to  how the US allegedly instigated conflict between Libya and Egypt following the Camp David treaty, creating a “new enemy” for the Egyptians other than Israel. How can the US can be blamed for instigating Sunni-Shia strife when the top Sunni scholars, such as Yusuf Al-Qaradawi, have been the most vocal in their anti-Shia rhetoric.