How many of us saw this coming?

Sharia Law will be the basis of legislation in Libya.

Interim leader Mustafa Abdel Jalil said on Sunday, during his speech to the nation in Benghazi to formally declare the country’s liberation from the ousted regime of Moammer Kadhafi, that sharia would be Libya’s principal law.

I seem to recall reading predictions of this in several places around the blogosphere even before Obumbles announced that we were going to be dropping bombs to support the rebels. Many of those people noted the allegations that the “Arab Spring” movement had ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.

And, of course, the first declared change is to reverse advances in women’s rights.

“Any law that violates sharia is null and void legally,” he said, citing as an example the law on marriage passed during the slain dictator’s 42-year tenure that imposed restrictions on polygamy, which is permitted in Islam.

“The law of divorce and marriage… This law is contrary to sharia and it is stopped,” Abdel Jalil said.


Adelrahman al-Shatr, one of the founders of the centre-right Party of National Solidarity, launched just last week, said it was premature for the NTC leader to speak about the policies of the new state.

“It is a subject that should be discussed with the different political groups and with the Libyan people,” he said.

“These declarations create feelings of pain and bitterness among women who sacrificed so many martyrs,” in the eight-month battle against Kadhafi loyalists, he added.

“By abolishing the marriage law, women lose the right to keep the family home if they divorce. It is a disaster for Libyan women.”

We also see some rather unsavoury characters who will likely end up in positions of power in the new government.

Nevertheless, Libya’s Islamists are a rising force in the country’s political arena, some of whom, such as Abdelhakim Belhaj, the founder of the Al-Qaeda linked but now-disbanded Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), are expected to hold prominent positions.

We have helped to replace one hostile, repressive regime with another hostile, repressive regime. But instead of being motivated by a personal lust for power, which can allow for rational negotiation, the new regime believes they are doing God’s Will. Congratulations, Barry! Great job!

“The enemy of my enemy is my enemy’s enemy. No more, no less.”
(Schlock Mercenary, Maxim #34)


[Source: AFP article on Yahoo! News, retrieved 10/25/11]

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