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No Surprise: Sharia Law in Libya

Posted on | October 24, 2011 | 18 Comments

What “liberation” means in the Islamic world:

Mustafa Abdul-Jalil, the chairman of the National Transitional Council and de fact president, had already declared that Libyan laws in future would have Sharia, the Islamic code, as its “basic source”. …
Mr Abdul-Jalil went further, specifically lifting immediately, by decree, one law from Col. Gaddafi’s era that he said was in conflict with Sharia — that banning polygamy.
In a blow to those who hoped to see Libya’s economy integrate further into the western world, he announced that in future bank regulations would ban the charging of interest, in line with Sharia.

Wow. How shocking. Who could have possibly predicted this?


18 Responses to “No Surprise: Sharia Law in Libya”

  1. DaveO
    October 24th, 2011 @ 10:38 am

    Better question: who could have predicted it, but gave another answer any way?

  2. Joe
    October 24th, 2011 @ 10:42 am

    Yeah, but unlike Egypt, Libya did not even has the pretense of rule of law before.  Basically Europe (and everyone else affected by oil prices) is just hoping that Libya will open its oil fields and sell its product. 

  3. Joe
    October 24th, 2011 @ 10:43 am

    Let’s face it, North Africa has been a shit hole since the Punic Wars. 

  4. Joe
    October 24th, 2011 @ 10:47 am

    Off Topic:  But when it comes to the death penalty, maybe we have a small bit of agreement with Sharia:

  5. Joe
    October 24th, 2011 @ 11:03 am

    Every now and then, there is a case that completely reaffirms my support for capital punishment. 

  6. richard mcenroe
    October 24th, 2011 @ 11:26 am

    Surely that plucky band of freedom fighters in Libya will never put up with this!

    “In another unexpected development for this administration…”

  7. Anonymous
    October 24th, 2011 @ 11:43 am

    Actually, Joe, if you read the histories of the era, North Africa used to be a fairly fertile place; the records of the Islamic occupation mention being able to ride from Egypt to Gibraltar “under the shade of the olive groves.”

    Unfortunately, the Islamic occupation did what it always does: destroyed the works of civilization.

  8. Anonymous
    October 24th, 2011 @ 11:46 am

    “Unexpectedly! — It’s not just for economic news anymore.”
     From Ed Driscoll

  9. Old Rebel
    October 24th, 2011 @ 11:58 am

    The endless dream factory of Neocon ideology imagines a world where ethnic loyalties and tradition don’t really exist, and that the overthrow of existing governments will permit secular, multicultural utopias to flourish.

    Check out the insufferable Max Boot on Libya, for example. These people refuse to let reality alter their world view. The real question is: When will we learn to quit listening to them?

  10. Joe
    October 24th, 2011 @ 12:22 pm

    What you are saying is “the sons of the desert” are actually “the fathers of desertfication?” 

    North Africa is still fertile (although a lot of top soil has blown away).  The problem is lack of water. 

    What you are saying is true (in part).  Part of it is manmade–over grazing by bedouins/nomads and cutting of trees for firewood made the conditions worse.  Part of it is natural climate change (unless you think internal combustion engines went back in time about 10,000 years and screwed everthing up).  North Africa used to be mostly savana (like East Africa is today) and has been gradually desiccating for about 10,000 years. 

    Climate change happened similarly and about the same time in the American Southwest and the Fertile Crescent.  I am sure Al Gore can figure out a way of tying it all together.  Just give him some time, and some coconut oil, and Al will find a way! 

  11. Quartermaster
    October 24th, 2011 @ 12:40 pm

    Somceone recently said that time travel is possible. I’m sure someone in the future is beaming their carbon dioxide back to the period of teh height of Islam and just giving them a bad name.

  12. Quartermaster
    October 24th, 2011 @ 12:42 pm

    Do away with the Neocons in the GOP and you have the Paul wing left. To some that’s bad, but given our economic state, we’re going to be forced to do what Paul wants. It’s just gonna be shoved down our throats rather than be done on our own terms because the Neocon wing won’t allow anything else.

  13. Bob Belvedere
    October 24th, 2011 @ 1:18 pm

    Mohammedins believe in the death penalty only for those who aren’t Muslims and kill Muslims, for Muslims who physically disrespect The Koran, for those who blaspheme The Koran.  In other words, they reserve the death penalty only for those people who go against Islam.  Individuals don’t matter.

  14. Joe
    October 24th, 2011 @ 1:54 pm

    Yeah, they love lobbing off heads of Philippino guest workers who have the temerity of preaching Christianity and other blasphemous acts.  But they will occasionally execute a Muslim who challenges the authority of those Muslims in charge or violates a fellow Muslims chattle property (i.e., wives, daughters, goats) and fails to come up with sufficient blood money to appease the Muslim male family members’ honor.

  15. Adjoran
    October 24th, 2011 @ 2:14 pm

    Flipping through the channels early this morning looking for good zombie movies to record, I happened upon a couple of young newscasters on ABC’s pre-morning news feed.  They were saying Republicans couldn’t criticize Obama on foreign policy because he was so successful.  This was AFTER the news broke about sharia law being adopted in Tunisia and proposed for Libya.

    Old media is utterly clueless, and they are bringing up a bench of young and clueless news readers in the unlikely event they survive another decade.

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