Cleric orders Gaddafi killed

Here's a chance to put a fatwa to good use.

The Muslim TV cleric, Yusuf al-Qaradawi, has issued a fatwa calling for the death of Muammar Gaddafi. Sky News reports:

Influential Muslim cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi has issued a fatwa that any Libyan soldier who can shoot dead embattled leader Muammar Gaddafi should do so 'to rid Libya of him.'

'Whoever in the Libyan army is able to shoot a bullet at Mr Gaddafi should do so,' Qaradawi, an Egyptian-born cleric who is usually based in Qatar, told Al-Jazeera television.

He also told Libyan soldiers 'not to obey orders to strike at your own people,' and urged Libyan ambassadors around the world to dissociate themselves from Gaddafi's regime.

Famous in the Middle East for his at times controversial fatwas, or religious edicts, the octogenarian Qaradawi has celebrity status in the Arab world thanks to his religious broadcasts on Al-Jazeera.

He has in the past defended 'violence carried out by certain Muslims.'

I doubt very much that anyone with a gun - including soldiers - will get within a couple of hundred yards of the Libyan dictator. Unless one of his bodyguards takes the fatwa to heart, it is not likely that this will be the manner of Gaddafi's exit.

If that name is familiar, Yusuf al-Qaradawi is the spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood - you know, the bunch that will take Egypt to a glorious democratic future.