In an extensive interview with Ghazi Al-Qusaibi on 9 July 2002 and published in the Saudi-owned London Arabic Daily Al-Sharq Al-Awsat, the Saudi ambassador to Britain compared IDF actions to those of Nazi Germany and justified suicide attacks. The interview was conducted following a poem the ambassador wrote praising a female suicide bomber, which sparked media reaction in Britain. Regarding this issue, Al-Qusaibi said the following:
"A man who defends his homeland and dies doing so is a martyr, and in no case may we consider him a terrorist". Al-Qusaibi added: "According to the Islamic view, no one can make the forbidden permissible or the permissible forbidden. [In Islam] punishments have been set, and no matter what we say, the West will see them as barbaric and primitive. According to the Western view, flogging is illogical and execution is unacceptable, as is amputating hands and stoning. These are things that in Muslim eyes are at the core of the Islamic faith."
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