OWS: Alleged Statutory Rape, And A Knife-Wielding Maniac Wearing Joker Makeup | Main | Models Forecast Obama Winning 43.5%% of the Vote
October 24, 2011

New Libyan Ruler Proposes More-Radical-Than-Expected Islamic Law

Unexpectedly.

I am beginning to note our current cadre of putative "experts" is surprised by "unexpected" news that our non-experts actually expected (and predicted).

Perhaps "expertise" now means "idiocy."

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".

But that formulation can be interpreted in many ways - it was also the basis of Egypt's largely secular constitution under President Hosni Mubarak, and remains so after his fall.

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.

He would also ban banks from charging interest. So, boomtimes ahead for Libya.

Those two planks may not be especially threatening to the West, but they indicate an allegiance to a barbaric way of life and government (and warfare!) that will likely cause problems for us down the road.

I've had mixed feelings about these uprisings. Some say that tearing down despots is a necessary step in the process of political maturation.

Others say that such despots will be replaced by vicious thugs worse than before.

Here's the thing: I think both are right. I think that democracy, for this part of the world, will only come after a long series of violent spasms and failures. I think one purge will give way to the next. I think one tyrant will replace the next, and then share his fate.

I don't know if these can ever be decent societies. I doubt they can be. But if they are to be, the people of these lands are probably going to have to learn all the lessons of history that the West learned from ca. AD 1300 to the present. The Islamic world has been essentially frozen in the middle ages forever.

I suppose, if they were smart, they could skip over the long, violent process of discovering that a liberal (classic sense) democratic republic is the only system that really works, by studying our example, and applying the lessons our ancestors learned.

But of course they despise us, and despise democracy because they despise us, so they will endeavor to prove that "their" ways can work.

I think they will try virtually everything before attempting the model of the despised Western infidels.

So yeah, I think this is necessary, if they're ever going to get out of their barbaric rut. But that's all long term. Very long term.

In the short term, we get to watch them butcher each other, and of course occasionally butcher our own citizens.



digg this
posted by Ace at 02:55 PM

| Access Comments




Recent Comments
chavez the hugo: "416: somebody say clam pot? never mind. ..."

Muldoon: "[i]I don't know. We haven't had any survivors yet. ..."

Anon a mouse: "The media is not their to inform the public, but p ..."

Skandia Recluse: " A Washington Post version of the dismissal of Om ..."

bluebell ~ now we're cookin'!: "yeah, but does Dr. Hanson have a review by NFL sta ..."

Tom Servo: "Even the Romans called the province Judea. Immedi ..."

josephistan: " 387 Interesting that the TCM synopsis refers to ..."

Kindltot: "Oleg is a national treasure, and we are damned luc ..."

Your Decidedly Devious Uncle Palpatine, Booking Agent, Aero Pinochet: "411. Yep. The crab pot is a genuine social phenome ..."

Northernlurker : "Perhaps future generations of Republicans will be ..."

Anon a mouse: " Accuse everyone challenging the status quo in DC ..."

bluebell ~ now we're cookin'!: "*sheepishly raises hand* I have likely contrib ..."

Recent Entries
Search


MuNuvians
Polls! Polls! Polls!
Frequently Asked Questions
The (Almost) Complete Paul Anka Integrity Kick
Top Top Tens
Greatest Hitjobs

The Ace of Spades HQ Sex-for-Money Skankathon
A D&D Guide to the Democratic Candidates
Margaret Cho: Just Not Funny
More Margaret Cho Abuse
Margaret Cho: Still Not Funny
Iraqi Prisoner Claims He Was Raped... By Woman
Wonkette Announces "Morning Zoo" Format
John Kerry's "Plan" Causes Surrender of Moqtada al-Sadr's Militia
World Muslim Leaders Apologize for Nick Berg's Beheading
Michael Moore Goes on Lunchtime Manhattan Death-Spree
Milestone: Oliver Willis Posts 400th "Fake News Article" Referencing Britney Spears
Liberal Economists Rue a "New Decade of Greed"
Artificial Insouciance: Maureen Dowd's Word Processor Revolts Against Her Numbing Imbecility
Intelligence Officials Eye Blogs for Tips
They Done Found Us Out, Cletus: Intrepid Internet Detective Figures Out Our Master Plan
Shock: Josh Marshall Almost Mentions Sarin Discovery in Iraq
Leather-Clad Biker Freaks Terrorize Australian Town
When Clinton Was President, Torture Was Cool
What Wonkette Means When She Explains What Tina Brown Means
Wonkette's Stand-Up Act
Wankette HQ Gay-Rumors Du Jour
Here's What's Bugging Me: Goose and Slider
My Own Micah Wright Style Confession of Dishonesty
Outraged "Conservatives" React to the FMA
An On-Line Impression of Dennis Miller Having Sex with a Kodiak Bear
The Story the Rightwing Media Refuses to Report!
Our Lunch with David "Glengarry Glen Ross" Mamet
The House of Love: Paul Krugman
A Michael Moore Mystery (TM)
The Dowd-O-Matic!
Liberal Consistency and Other Myths
Kepler's Laws of Liberal Media Bias
John Kerry-- The Splunge! Candidate
"Divisive" Politics & "Attacks on Patriotism" (very long)
The Donkey ("The Raven" parody)
News/Chat
Archives
Powered by
Movable Type 2.64