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Can You Do That?

February 26, 2010
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Isn’t this against the rules?

Libya‘s leader, Muammar Gaddafi, ­yesterday called for a jihad, or holy war, against Switzerland, in an escalation of his vendetta against the country where police once arrested his son.

You can’t declare war on Switzerland, can you?  I guess that’s naïve—it is Muammar Gaddafi.  The Swiss probably expected this as the logical follow-up to the minaret ban (notice the strange use of the word logical there):

Swiss voters last November backed a referendum proposal banning the building of minarets. The proposal was put forward by the Swiss People’s party, (SVP), the largest party in parliament, which claims minarets are a sign of Islamisation. The move was opposed by the government, which argued that it would harm Switzerland’s image, particularly in the Muslim world.

That would make sense in a weird way, except that the Mother of All Immature Despots probably has an ulterior motive:

Gaddafi has nursed a grudge against Switzerland since his son Hannibal and daughter-in-law were arrested in Geneva in 2008 for allegedly beating two servants at a luxury hotel. The Gaddafis were released soon afterwards and the charges dropped. But the Libyan leader was so enraged by his son’s two-day detention that he shut subsidiaries of Swiss firms in Libya, had two Swiss businessmen arrested, cancelled most flights between the two states and withdrew about $5bn (£3.2bn) from his Swiss bank accounts.

At least he has a good reason.

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