Nation of Islam Leader Farrakhan Slams Qaddafi Killing
Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan has condemned the killing of Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi. Farrakhan termed the 69-year-old strongman's death last week to be an "assassination" in a Chicago radio interview broadcast in the United States. Most of Qaddafi's sons were also killed by the rebel forces.
The African-American community leader warned that the U.S. and other Western nations will soon face "severe consequences" for their support of the opposition forces that toppled Qaddafi's 42-year regime.
America, the UK and France, said Farrakhan, had "succeeded in being the authors of the successful assassination of a sitting president. No one can trust the United Nations because it is a pawn of the Western world. No nation will give up their weapons of mass destruction like Qaddafi did, because it is the only protection they have against the wicked witches of the West."
The Nation of Islam leader noted that Qaddafi had maintained from the start that the international Al Qaeda terrorist organization was involved in the effort to unseat him -- a claim he said he initially did not believe, but has since reconsidered.
Farrakhan, whose organization advocates Black self-reliance and observance of Muslim religious law, noted that those who have now risen to power in Libya are similarly advocating rule by Shari'a -- Islamic religious law.
Qaddafi had lent millions of dollars to the Nation of Islam over the years -- $3 million in the 1970s to purchase its headquarters on Chicago's South Side, according to CBS News. The group was also given an interest-free loan by the Libyan leader of $5 million in the 1980s to pay back taxes and purchase a home for the movement's former leader, Elijah Muhammad.
"I know something of the good of Muammar Qaddafi that made me love him as a brother and to feel a great sense of loss at his assassination," Farrakhan said.
"It wasn't the money, but the principles that made me his brother."
He added later in the interview, broadcast of WVON-AM, "Qaddafi died in honor, fighting for the Libya that he believed in."