Malaysian leader says 'stupid' for Muslims to rush to Iraq to fight U.S.
Malaysia’s Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, an influential moderate Muslim leader, said Wednesday that Muslims should not rush to Iraq to fight against U.S. troops on Baghdad’s behalf. “It’s a stupid idea,” Mahathir was quoted as saying by the national news agency Bernama. “If we go (to Iraq) just like that, I don’t see any benefit from it apart from merely venting our anger.” Malaysia, a modern Southeast Asian country of 23 million people, has a Muslim majority. Mahathir has been considered a key U.S. ally in the war on terror, and scores of suspected Muslim militants have been detained in the country. Full Story