Friday, June 07, 2013

Less stubborn than the EU

Saudi Press Agency reporting (with as much relish as can be communicated in a Saudi Press Agency report) the volte-face of Sheikh Yusuf Qaradawi, long-time rhetorical bĂȘte noire of the global war on terror --

The Grand Mufti of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Sheikh Abdulaziz Al Al-Sheikh, who is also President of the Council of Senior Scholars, Scholarly Research and Ifta; Sheikh Saleh bin Abdulaziz Al Al-Sheikh, the Minister of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Call and Guidance; and Dr. Mohammed bin Abdulkarim Al-Essa, the Minister of Justice, thanked Sheikh Dr. Yusuf Al-Qaradawi, President of the World Union of Muslim Scholars, who is based in Egypt, on his speech recently regarding the flagrant aggression against the Syrian people by Hezbollah of Lebanon in cooperation with the Syrian regime. They also hailed the position of Qaradawi in support of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's senior scholars, which was clear regarding this sectarian party since its inception. Qaradawi said he was earlier at odds with Saudi scholars on their views towards Hezbollah. 'Now I realized, they were right and I am wrong', he was quoted as saying.