farrakhan_and_gaddafi.jpgROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) — Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan says he considers Moammar Gadhafi a friend and doesn't plan to distance himself from the Libyan leader. Farrakhan didn't talk specifics Sunday about the deadly uprisings in Libya but the 77-year-old said no leader has been loved by 100 percent of his people.


Farrakhan didn't talk specifics Sunday about the deadly uprisings in Libya but the 77-year-old said no leader has been loved by 100 percent of his people.

Farrakhan also said if Gadhafi is persecuted for crimes against humanity, the same should apply to former President George W. Bush for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Farrakhan made his remarks while speaking to thousands of followers in suburban Chicago during Saviours' Day. The annual convention celebrates the founding of the Nation of Islam.

Farrakhan visited Gadhafi in the 1980s and has since considered him a friend of the movement.

In his remarks, Farrakhan also said uprisings in the Middle East will come to the U.S. He mentioned Tunisia and Egypt but didn't offer specifics on his stance on the unrest.

But he said leaders should be careful not to attack innocent people who are protesting. Farrakhan has discussed historical topics and teachings within the movement, including his prophecies involving recent UFO sightings.

The Nation of Islam has long believed in an unidentified flying object called “the wheel” or “The Mother Plane.” A Saviours Day session on the topic attracted a standing-room-only crowd.