Voice from the Commonwealth
Commentary, World Views and Occasional Rants from a small 'l' libertarian in Massachussetts

"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest for freedom, go home and leave us in peace. We seek not your council nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." - Samuel Adams

Tuesday, April 08, 2003

Call of the Jihad...sort of.

A Muslim cleric in Ottawa issued an apology for calling on Muslims in the Middle East to wage a holy war against American troops in Iraq.

But Gamal Solaiman later softened the apology, implying that the media had misunderstood his comments.

"I do not support or promote violence in any form against any country or any group of people," he wrote Monday night. "I deeply regret and sincerely apologize for my comments and the hurt which it may have caused."

On Sunday night, Solaiman told Global Television's Ottawa Inside Out that he supports Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's call for a holy war.

An article Tuesday in the National Post quoted Solaiman as saying on the TV show: ''I do support the jihad ... 'Because to my mind, it is not a war for justice. It is not a war for principle.''

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