September 18, 2004
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Lebanese Cleric: Muslim Rulers Are Sinners If They Don't Aquire Nuclear Weapons

The following are excerpts from a Friday sermon at Musaitaba Mosque in Lebanon. The preacher is Sheik Muhammad Kan'an, head of the Sunni religious courts in Lebanon:

Sheik Kan'an: "Make ready for them whatever you can of strength..." And if the term "strength" means the possession of nuclear weapons, then it's our duty to possess it. Your rulers are sinners, sinners, sinners, because they don't possess a deterrent nuclear power. They could have it if they want. This is the proper conduct of the ruler - the conduct we want. If the ruler locks himself in a room and drinks alcohol – he goes to Hell, but he must not rebel against Allah in public. He must protect the honor of the nation, the rights of the nation. He must protect the nation. He must not lead us to such degradation, to the point that our faith is targeted by the most despicable of Allah's creations, the Jews, and by the garbage of all nations – the Americans.