(CNSNews.com) – An Islamic radical called off a pro-shari’a (Islamic law) demonstration at the White House on Thursday, saying he did not want it to divert attention from the “urgent” situation in
Talking to CNSNews.com, the activist, Anjem Choudary, charged that Western powers were planning military intervention to ensure that popular uprisings do not give rise to shari’a-ruled states.
News of the “postponement” of the rally first came in the form of an uploaded YouTube video featuring a 13-minute homily by Choudary, the British Muslim activist leading the “Shariah4America” campaign.
“We will be postponing the protest outside the White House, although the call for the shari’a is a universal one and it must be implemented immediately wherever we are in the world,” he said.
Choudary has acquired a reputation in
Choudary said that as a British passport-holder, he did not require a visa to visit the
He conceded that it was possible he was on “some no-fly list” but said he had no reason to believe that, had he traveled to
“It would have been more controversial for them if they hadn’t let me in,” he said.
Choudary confirmed he has visited the
Thursday marked the 87th anniversary of the formal abolition of the 1,300 year-old Islamic caliphate system, hence the timing for the rally by Muslims calling for its revival.
In his video message, Choudary cited several reasons for postponing the event, including attempts by the media to distort the message – which he claimed was simply a “call inviting people to accept Islam as an alternative” – and the need to garner more support from Islamic organizations.
But in the phone interview, he stressed that the most pressing reason for the postponement was because of events in the
The prospect of Western involvement in
Acting under the “guise” of humanitarian intervention, Western countries were determined to prevent the uprisings from leading to societies under shari’a, he said.
Instead, they wished to see that the upheaval led to countries in the
“Their worst nightmare is for Muslims to rise up in the Middle East” and set up shari’a-ruled societies in countries stretching from
If that happened, it would be “the beginning of the end of capitalism” and lead inevitably to a huge, “boundary-less” Islamic region in which “the State of Israel will disappear” and the
Choudary said this warning about “a new form of colonialism” in the
Now based in
‘Range of options’
President Obama said Thursday the administration was looking at “a whole range of options, military and non-military,” to support the Libyan people against the forces of Muammar Gaddafi.
“We’ll be making these decisions based on what’s best for the Libyan people and how can we make sure that we’re minimizing the harm to innocent civilians during this process,” he said during a joint press conference with his Mexican counterpart.
Any decision would be taken “in consultation with the international community.”
Obama repeated calls for Gaddafi to step down.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday that any military intervention would be controversial in the country and the broader Arab world.
Asked about possible military options for
At the same time,
“One of our biggest concerns is
Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced during a Pentagon press briefing Tuesday that he has directed two warships, the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsage with a contingent of U.S. Marines, and the amphibious transport vessel USS Ponce, to the Mediterranean, to “provide us a capability for both emergency evacuations and also for humanitarian relief.”
The two ships transited the Suez Canal and entered the