- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 24, 2001

The head of the Arab League, Amr Moussa, yesterday bitterly condemned Osama bin Laden but warned of an "anti-Islam campaign" since the Sept. 11 attacks on America.
"Osama bin Laden does not represent the Arabs and Muslims," Mr. Moussa said. "He does not speak on their behalf. He is a man with his own policy that is not the Arab or Muslim policy."
The secretary general of the 22-nation Arab League, in Washington to meet with members of the Arab community and Bush administration officials, said he was "disturbed" by reports he received from Arab Americans of anti-Muslim incidents since the attacks.
"We are very satisfied with what [President] Bush and [Secretary of State Colin L.] Powell did to quell the campaign."
Mr. Moussa said Arab countries "consider America as one of our best friends we want to have the best of relations with America."
"What is poisoning the relationship is Israel's policy towards the Arabs."
Mr. Moussa also complained about anti-Islamic remarks made recently in Europe and America, citing Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's rejection of Islam as inferior to Western civilization.
A former Egyptian foreign minister, he said that Arab countries remain opposed to any U.S. attack on an Arab country as part of the war on terrorism a move suggested by some Bush administration hard-liners after the bin Laden campaign concludes.
"If any Arab country is found to be terrorist, we would mobilize to talk to the Arab country and move ahead" in finding a solution, Mr. Moussa said.

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