Libyan leader Muamar Gaddafi has intensified his vendetta against the Swiss by calling for jihad, or holy war against what he calls an “infidel” state.
Speaking in Benghazi on the prophet Mohammed’s birthday, Gaddafi called Switzerland an “obscene” state and said the duty of every good Muslim was to flock to their nation’s airports and harbours to prevent Swiss goods or people landing, and inspect shops and markets to prevent the sale of Swiss goods.
He said the Swiss were destroying mosques, and that fighting Switzerland was not terrorism.
But is this row really about Gaddafi standing as defender of the faith following the Swiss referendum vote to ban minarets, or more about the antics of his son, Hannibal, and his daughter-in-law.?
They were arrested and charged with beating domestic servants in a Geneva hotel in 2008. Hannibal and his wife were released and the charges dropped, but an enraged Gaddafi cut oil supplies, withdrew billions from his Swiss bank accounts, and arrested two Swiss businessmen.
One of them has just begun four months in prison after having sought refuge in the Swiss embassy in Tripoli. Another has returned home.