Smart diplomacy – US apologizes to Libyan dictator

Apparently “smart” diplomacy means always having to say you’re sorry – over and over and over again. This time the State Department has apologized for offending Libyan nutcase dictator Muammar Gaddafi. (more here)

The US State Department has apologized for comments made about Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s call for jihad, or holy war, against Switzerland.

Department spokesman PJ Crowley, who made the dismissive comments, said they did not reflect US policy and were not intended to offend.

Col Gaddafi had criticised a Swiss vote against the building of minarets and urged Muslims to boycott the country.

Mr Crowley described it as “lots of words, not necessarily a lot of sense.”

Libya and Switzerland are embroiled in a long-running diplomatic row.

But Gaddafi had done more than just “criticize” the Swiss – he called for a jihad against them and warned that their ban of minarets invited Al-Qaeda attacks in Europe.

It looks like yet another episode of spinelessness by our wonderful State Department. Remember this? That’s how tinpot dictators should be treated. Up yours Gaddafi!

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