Qaddafi backs what appears to be, especially in the wake of the British hostages affair, the strong horse. From MEMRI:
On March 31, 2007, Libyan leader Mu’ammar Qaddafi called, in a speech in Niger to Tuareg tribal leaders , for the establishment of a second Shi’ite Fatimid state in North Africa, after the model of the 10th-13th century empire that ruled North Africa, Egypt, and parts of the Fertile Crescent. In his speech, Qaddafi denounced the division of Muslims into Sunni and Shi’ite as a colonialist plot, and rebuked the Arab League members for “hating Iran.”
At the beginning of the month, on March 1, 2007 — the eve of the anniversary of the coup that brought the Libyan Free Officers to power — Qaddafi gave a speech in which he denied the existence of a non-Arab Berber people (this also being a colonialist plot), provoking protest among Berbers and supporters of minority rights in the Middle East and North Africa.
The following are excerpts from Qaddafi’s speeches:
“Colonialism”¦ Has Begun to Group the Arabs Against Iran and Iran Against the Arabs”
–¦ Today there is a divide [in the Islamic world] that we must acknowledge, and we must know who is deepening it. Perhaps it is colonialism, the enemy of Islam, the enemy of the Arabs, the enemy of the Persians, that is deepening it”¦
“They have divided Islam into two Islams, and there came to be Shi’ite Islam and Sunni Islam. This is a forbidden innovation [bid’a]”¦ When did Muhammad say: ‘I have brought you Shi’ite Islam and Sunni Islam?…
“As a consequence of this, they have now begun to group the Arabs against Iran and Iran against the Arabs, and then Shi’ites against Sunnis and Sunnis against Shi’ites.
“Are we Muslims, or are we Shi’ites and Sunnis?! For whose benefit is this? It is for the benefit of the ‘other’ that we are speaking about, for the benefit of the enemy, for the benefit of colonialism.
“The Fatimid state arose in the beginning of the 10th century, and it formed an umbrella over North Africa, and under its banner all of the tribal, denominational, political, and ethnic differences fused, and they all became one single Fatimid identity, which lasted 260 years and extended as far as the Arab East.
“Now people say to us that the Shi’ites are in Iran and that Shi’ite means Persians, and Sunni means Arabs. This is a lie. This is deceit. Those who say this are ignoramuses who do not know history.
“To the contrary, the first Shi’ite state arose in North Africa. The Fatimid state was the first Shi’ite state”¦”
“In North Africa”¦ go anywhere and ask them about their customs and traditions. They are all Shi’ite customs and traditions.
“[They include] the celebration of the ‘Ashura, the sorrow on the ‘Ashura and the remembrance of the ‘Ashura and our lord [sayyidna] ‘Ali; the very extensive stories about our lord ‘Ali, and being the party of [tashayyu’ l-] our lord ‘Ali.
“[The North Africans] do not know Mu’awiya [‘Ali’s rival and the founder of the Umayyad dynasty]. From Egypt to the Atlantic Ocean, there is not a single person named Mu’awiya. They are all named ‘Ali, Fatima, Khadija, Hassan, Hussein, etc.
“When we come to religious authority”¦ have [people] not gotten themselves into a mess and said that the Sunnis are against the Shi’ites and the Arabs against the Persians? Who holds to this view? It is the foreign occupation and the Zionist settlement that brought this.
“North Africa is Arab and Shi’ite”¦ The Shi’ite Fatimid state arose in North Africa, and not in Iran. We want to revive it once again. We direct a renewed call to all of the forces in the first Fatimid state to revive [it in] a modern, second Fatimid state — on the condition that it be free of all of the sectarian conflicts and [the debate about] the Imamate and [religious] rule [hakimiyya] and the sophistry of old”¦
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