BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — Libya's transitional leader declared his country's liberation on Sunday, three days after the hated dictator Moammar Gadhafi was captured and killed.
He called on Libyans to show "patience, honesty and tolerance" and eschew hatred as they embark on rebuilding the country at the end of an 8-month civil war.
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. (Read more.)
Sunday, October 23, 2011
Libyan Leader Declares that Country Will Be Governed by Sharia
In the West, people tend to believe that once tyrants and dictators are removed from power, freedom and democracy will fall into place ever so gracefully. How many times does this plan need to fail before we'll realize that it doesn't work in Muslim countries? Years ago, the Taliban were removed from power in Afghanistan. Did freedom and democracy flourish? Not at all. In Iraq, Saddam Hussein was captured and killed. Did liberty suddenly blossom? Nope. Recently, Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak fell from power. Ask the Copts whether Western values such as tolerance and freedom of conscience have been gaining ground. In the past few months, the United States helped topple Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi, hoping that things will be different this time. Not surprisingly, Libya's new leader says that Sharia will now be the law of the land.