Syed Ahmed Bukhari
“Describing former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein’s capture as the ‘blackest day for the Islamic world’, the chief cleric of India’s largest mosque said he would be remembered as the symbol of Islamic resistance.” So says The Times of India, with thanks to nicolei.
“‘Arab rulers need not be jubilant on Saddam Hussein’s arrest because America would now make the whole Arab world their slaves,’ said Syed Ahmed Bukhari, chief cleric of Delhi’s Jama Masjid.”
Bukhari demonstrated his mastery of the leftist rhetorical appeal: “In a statement issued here on Monday, Bukhari said US President George W Bush and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon were more dangerous, cruel and barbaric than Saddam. He called on ‘all peace-loving people’ to stand up against the cruelty, tyranny and oppression against Muslims.”