Posts Tagged ‘Muammar al-Gaddafi’

Sharia Law in Libya

October 23, 2011

Lest anyone get too optimistic about Libya’s post-Qaddafi future there is this news item from Yahoo News.

The transitional government leader Mustafa Abdul-Jalil set out a vision for the post-Gadhafi future with an Islamist tint, saying that Islamic Sharia law would be the “basic source” of legislation in the country and that existing laws that contradict the teachings of Islam would be nullified. In a gesture that showed his own piety, he urged Libyans not to express their joy by firing in the air, but rather to chant “Allahu Akbar,” or God is Great. He then stepped aside and knelt to offer a brief prayer of thanks.

Laws that contradict Sharia would include such concepts as freedom of religion and speech, not to mention treating women as thought they were human beings. I would imagine the new government based on Islamic law would encourage jihad against the infidel.

As incredible as it may seem, the time may come when we miss the madman of Benghazi.

 

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Qaddafi Dead

October 20, 2011

Well, they got him. I’m surprised, really. I thought he would have fled the country. Drudge has the story along with a link to some graphic video that I really don’t need to see. The details are still a bit hazy but here is an account from the BBC.

Libya’s ex-leader Col Muammar Gaddafi has been killed after an assault on his birthplace of Sirte, officials say.

The circumstances of his death are not yet clear. Video has emerged purporting to show Col Gaddafi being captured alive and bundled on to a truck.

Fighters loyal to the National Transitional Council (NTC) said they found him hiding in a hole, and shot him when he tried to escape.

Col Gaddafi was toppled in August after 42 years in power.

Western leaders welcomed the news.

US President Barack Obama said this was a “momentous day” for Libya, now that tyranny had fallen. He said Libya had a “long and winding road towards full democracy”, but the US and other countries would stand behind it.

The colonel was fighting in Sirte alongside his two sons, Mutassim and Saif al-Islam, according to reports.

An NTC fighter told the BBC he found Col Gaddafi hiding in a hole in Sirte, and the former leader begged him not to shoot.

The fighter showed reporters a golden pistol he said he had taken from Col Gaddafi.

Arabic TV channels showed images of troops surrounding two large drainage pipes where the reporters said Col Gaddafi was found.

Later, another video emerged of the colonel being bundled on to the back of a pick-up truck after being captured alive.

NTC fighters said he was shot when he tried to escape.

None of the video footage has been independently verified.

Later, the NTC’s acting Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril confirmed Col Gaddafi’s death: “We have been waiting for this moment for a long time. Muammar Gaddafi has been killed.”

Mr Jibril promised that NTC chief Mustafa Abdul Jalil would give more details of how Col Gaddafi was killed.

His last words were reported to be “What have I ever done to you?”

There is no doubt the world is a better place without Qaddafi in it but Libya is in for a very rough time. They don’t really have any institutions that hold the whole country together. Before Qaddafi’s rule they were still largely a tribal society and he didn’t go out of his way to develop the sort of institutions that might have integrated Libya better, and challenged his government. I think the most likely scenario now is something like Somalia on the Mediterranean.

 

Fighting in Tripoli

August 22, 2011

From Yahoo News. This might be good news.

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Clashes broke out early Monday near Moammar Gadhafi‘s compound in Tripoli, a day after rebels poured into the Libyan capital in a stunning advance that met little resistance from the regime’s defenders.

Toast

The startling rebel breakthrough, after a long deadlock in Libya’s 6-month-old civil war, was the culmination of a closely coordinated plan by rebels, NATO and anti-Gadhafi residents inside Tripoli, rebel leaders said. Rebel fighters from the west swept over 20 miles (30 kilometers) in a matter of hours Sunday, taking town after town and overwhelming a major military base as residents poured out to cheer them. At the same time, Tripoli residents secretly armed by rebels rose up.

By the early hours of Monday, opposition fighters controlled most of the capital. The seizure of Green Square held profound symbolic value — the plaza was the scene of pro-Gadhafi rallies organized by the regime almost every night, and Gadhafi delivered speeches to his loyalists from the historic Red Fort that overlooks the square. Rebels and Tripoli residents set up checkpoints around the city, though pockets of pro-Gadhafi fighters remained. In one area, AP reporters with the rebels were stopped and told to take a different route because of regime snipers nearby.

It would seem the the rebels have already captured Gadhafi’s son and heir and they are on their way to capturing the whole city. I can’t imagine the Gadhafi regime surviving after this defeat, though I imagine he will go down fighting.

I said that this might be good news. The world will surely be a better place without Gadhafi in it but I don’t think anyone really knows very much about the rebels. Will they be able to form a government? Are they Islamist fanatics? Will the new government support terrorists? Nobody knows.


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