Ireland is a legitimate target for attack because of its decision to allow American planes refuel at Shannon Airport on their way to bombing Muslim countries, a radical Muslim preacher based in the UK has warned today.
Anjem Choudary:  Photograph: Tal Cohen/Reuters
Anjem Choudary, who has described those behind the 9/11 attacks in the US as ‘magnificent martyrs’, warned that Muslims fighting American foreign policy do not see Ireland as a neutral country because of its willingness to allow American planes refuel at Shannon.
“You allow the Americans, who are the biggest butchers in the world, to stop at Shannon Airport to refuel and go on to kill people in Muslim countries… if you believe the Americans are terrorists, the Irish government is colluding with them and aiding and abetting terrorism,” he said.
Speaking on The Neil Prendeville Show on Cork’s Red FM, Mr Choudary, a lawyer and founder member of the banned BritishIslamist organisation al-Muhajiroun, said blame for the killings of the Charley Hebdo journalists and cartoonists in Paris lay firmly with the journalists themselves.“You know it’s not just now that it’s become a legitimate target – I believe for a long time that in the eyes of al-Qaeda and others, it is a place which is being used to aid and abet the war… the Irish claim that it is neutral is not something which has been bought by Muslims around the world .”
“I think there is an action and there is a reaction and in a Sharia court all that would be taken into account,” said Mr Choudary when asked by Mr Prendeville if he condemned the killings of the journalists and two policemen in Paris in Tuesday.
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