It wasÂ recently announced that Mustafa Abdel-Jalil, Libya’s former Justice Minister, has formed a new transitional government in Benghazi. Of course, it is good that someone is stepping up to the plate to take over Libya, since that may prevent the country from erupting into civil war. But, depending on who takes over Libya once Muammar Gaddafi is finally removed from power after ruling Libya with an iron fist for 42 years, Libya may go from bad to worse,Â from both the welfare of the people of Libya and the peace and stability of the rest of the world. I have already said that IÂ suspect Egypt will become an Islamic republic, like Iran, in the near future. Judging by the picture of Abdel-Jalil, I suspect the same terrible fate may await Libya.
Why do I say that? Â Simple, look at his picture of Mustaffa Abdel-Jalil.
I put “Islamist” in quotation marks because the longtime leader of Ennahda,Â Rachid Ghannouchi, has reportedly stated his opposition to the imposition of Sharia in Tunisia, or at least has appeared to do so. How an advocate for political Islam can oppose Sharia is unclear.
“Tunisia legalises Islamist group Ennahda,” from theÂ BBC, March 1 via JW
Jamal Abdul Jawad, director of Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies in Cairo, believes that in Libya, “the Islamist movements, whether extremist or moderate, are most important. In fact, they are the only organized group that could be effective in determining the future of Libya, during this conflict and after this conflict reaches an end.” Apparently Jawad didn’t get the memo explaining that these are all secular, pro-democracy movements, and that anyone who thinks otherwise is a greasy Islamophobe.
“Tribal Dynamics Set Libya Apart From Neighbors,” by Abubakar Siddique and Joseph Hammond forÂ Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, February 25