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.
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