From one tyranny to another?

Make no mistake: I think that it’s a good thing that Muammar el-Qaddafi is now sharing the Dictator’s Suite in Hell with Saddam Hussein. But if you think that the Libyan revolution is going to lead to anything resembling a liberal democracy, you might just get your feelings hurt on that one:


Revolution Won, Top Libyan Official Vows a New and More Pious State


By ADAM NOSSITER
Published: October 23, 2011

BENGHAZI, Libya — The leader of Libya’s transitional government declared to thousands of revelers in a crowded square here on Sunday that Libya’s revolution had ended, setting the country on the path to elections, and he vowed that the new government would be based on Islamic tenets.

The sea of flag-waving citizens reacted with shouts of “God is great;” minutes earlier, they had sung the bouncy Italianate national anthem used before Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi came to power. The song has been revived to help celebrate the downfall of the dictator, who was killed on Thursday.

The sea of flag-waving citizens reacted with shouts of “God is great;” minutes earlier, they had sung the bouncy Italianate national anthem used before Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi came to power. The song has been revived to help celebrate the downfall of the dictator, who was killed on Thursday.

Two strands — a new piety and all-purpose, free-wheeling euphoria — dominated the hastily improvised ceremony, which was intended to put a cap on Libya’s bloody upheaval and mark the beginning of the country’s transition to something approaching normalcy. Laws, institutions, civic life — all must be built from scratch after four decades of Colonel Qaddafi’s personality-cult dictatorship. It is a challenge whose immensity many in the crowd acknowledged, even as they expressed relief that it could finally be undertaken.

The transitional government’s leader, Mustafa Abdel-Jalil, stooping humbly to shake hands in the crowd and embracing the elderly relative of a fallen rebel, made clear that personality would have nothing to do with the new order here.

“We are an Islamic country,” Mr. Abdel-Jalil, the chairman of the Transitional National Council, said as the sun descended. “We take the Islamic religion as the core of our new government. The constitution will be based on our Islamic religion.” He also promised that Islamic banks would be established in the new Libya.

More at the link.

Just what a constitution based on their Islamic religion will be remains to be seen. Iran has an Islamic constitution, and while it has allowed some democracy and some elections, at the top end, the religious leaders have the final say, and its elections are not as free as Westerners would like; many potential candidates are banned by the mullahs. Other Islamic constitutions severely restrict the rights of women or non-Muslims, while the most extreme case, the Taliban when they controlled Afghanistan, was totally oppressive. Egypt, where President Hosni Mubarak was toppled early in the year, has seen the ruling military council postpone its parliamentary elections, which are now scheduled for November 28th. I guess we’ll see if those are actually held.

I would like to think that the results of the Arab Spring (and beyond) result in actual, functioning democracies in the Arab world, but that might be overly optimistic of me.

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  1. Libyan Leader Declares Nation Islamic, Sharia Law to be Implemented
    Sunday, 23 Oct 2011 02:34 PM

    Libya’s transitional leader declared his country’s liberation Sunday after an 8-month civil war and set out plans for the future with an Islamist tone. The announcement was clouded, however, by international pressure to explain how ousted dictator Moammar Gadhafi had been captured alive days earlier, then ended up dead from a gunshot to his head shortly afterward.

    Gadhafi’s death in circumstances that are still unclear, and the gruesome spectacle of his body laid out as a trophy in a commercial freezer and on public view, are testing the new Libyan leaders’ commitment to the rule of law. Even at the ceremony to declare liberation, a couple speakers in positions of authority essentially said Gadhafi got what he deserved.

    But transitional government leader Mustafa Abdul-Jalil, who made the keynote speech, did not mention the events surrounding Gadhafi’s end and called on his people to eschew hatred.

    By Associated Press writers Jamal Halaby in Southern Shuneh, Jordan and Raphael G. Satter in London contributed to this report.

    Whole article here:
    http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/gaddafi-sharia-islamic-law/2011/10/23/id/415429?s=al&promo_code=D502-1

    What’s worse? Gadaffi as dictator, or Sharia Law and enslavement of women?

  2. DP:
    I would like to think that the results of the Arab Spring (and beyond) result in actual, functioning democracies in the Arab world, but that might be overly optimistic of me.

    Think Caliphate.

  3. Think Caliphate.

    Exactly. There will be no real democracy in any of those countries. It will be an Islamic Theocracy; Shari’a Law, where women are second-class citizens and Christians and Jews become sub-human, leaving Islam is an offense worthy of death. That’s what you can expect in Egypt, Libya, and elsewhere. Syria if the revolutionaries get their way.

    Patient: Is my pancreatic cancer gone?
    Doctor: Yes, but we replaced it with brain cancer. You should rejoice that you no longer have pancreatic cancer.

  4. There is no doubt that Islam is on the rise not only in, of course, the Islamic Middle East and now North Africa, but also in Western Europe. One can only hope the strain of Islam sweeping across these lands is benign, but, we must keep up our guard. There is nothing more dangerous than a newly liberated people with the smell of blood in the air (think of the French Revolution).

  5. Historically comparing, sounds like they have. Maybe we’re misinterpreting the meaning of Arab Spring. It seems like it trends to Islam Shari’a and the Muslim Brotherhood.

  6. Here is your chance to prove you’re not racist.

    We can agree that throwing an IED into a crowd of civlians is an act of terrorism.

    I hope all the w1ngnuts here will demonstrate their integrity by calling for anyone who might be associated with this event to be picked up, detained and interrogated, regardless of Constitutional rights.

    Or does that only apply to scary brown Muslims?…

  7. Libyans have the right to choose what is better for them. The Libyans are in support of ISLAMIC LAW as the only way for them to truly enjoy their lives. If Americans and westerners know what Islamic Law they would have force their terrorist Leaders to introduce it for their own good. But unfortunately they are brain washed by their racist ignorants media.

  8. Libyans have the right to choose what is better for them. The Libyans are in support of ISLAMIC LAW as the only way for them to truly enjoy their lives. If Americans and westerners know what Islamic Law they would have force their terrorist Leaders to introduce it for their own good. But unfortunately they are brain washed by their racists ignorants media.

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