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Tuesday, July 12, 2005

A Prominent Islamic Cleric in London Speaks Out On Targeting Civilians - and Says It's OK

If you want to know what they are actually saying in the Arab world -including mosques in America and Europe - when away from Western ears, you have to read the Middle East Media Research Institute, which translates the speeches and interviews of Muslim leaders into English.

And this interview (from Al Jazeera) with Hani Sibai, the Director of London's Al-Maqreze Centre for Historical Studies, is must reading. The key exchange:

Host: "The question, in short, is whether the religious scholars... Sir, the religious law assembly in Mecca at the end of last month issued a fatwa forbidding the killing of civilians. Should we follow it?"
Al-Siba'i: "The term 'civilians' does not exist in Islamic religious law."

Does it make one a "neo-con" to point such things out?

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