Qaradawi Slams French 'Haste' in Mali
[An Nahar] An Islamic group headed by influential holy man Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi
...crackpot Egyptian Islamist theologian. He is best known for his program Shariah and Life on Al Jizz, with an estimated audience of 60 million kindred souls worldwide. He is also well-known for IslamOnline, which occasionally advocates things like slavery and thumping the old lady with a rod no thicker than an inch, and has published more than 120 books, including Islam: The Future Civilization. Joe has long had a prominent role within the intellectual leadership of the Moslem Brüderbund. Some of his views have been controversial in the West, though less so among the rubes of the Mysterious East, and he was refused entry to the United Kingdom in 2008. In 2004, 2,500 Moslem academics from Saudi Arabia, Iraq and from the Palestinian territories condemned Qaradawi, and accused him of giving Islam a bad name....
on Thursday criticized La Belle France's "haste" in launching an offensive against Islamists in Mali, warning of "dangerous consequences."

"Military intervention has dangerous consequences, whether in killing, destruction, displacement... and famine, which Mali is already suffering from," the Qatar-based International Union of Moslem Scholars said in a statement.

It criticized "La Belle France's haste in sparking war before having exhausted all means of a peaceful solution and national reconciliation".

French forces last week went into action in the vast country on the southern edge of the Sahara to help Malian troops contain hardline armed Islamist movements, who have occupied the north of Mali during the past 10 months.

The International Union of Moslem Scholars called in its statement for "dialogue and reconciliation as the only correct solution to resolve the problem in Mali," saying it is "ready to continue its efforts" to achieve this.

It also urged "the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and African countries to exert serious efforts to end the war and achieve a peaceful settlement."

Qaradawi, a controversial religious figure in the West, has millions of supporters, mainly from the Moslem Brüderbund.

In the statement, his union called for "reason and wisdom from gangs" and urged them to "accept dialogue to reach a peaceful and just solution."

Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem al-Thani on Tuesday insisted that force would not solve the problem in Mali and urged dialogue.

Posted by: Fred 2013-01-18