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March 22, 2011

Support of Libya's rebels likely to backfire - usher in Islamist rule

Topics: Africa, International News, Political News and commentaries, Understanding Islam

As we've previously suggested here and here, as bad as Gaddafi is, what we're likely to see replace him could be just as bad or even much worse.
The Libyan "pro-democracy movement" is likely more about Islamism and less about democracy.

Today, Robert Spencer goes a bit further in explaining that judging by the well-established jihadist sentiments of the anti-Gadaffi rebels, our Tomahawk missiles are likely to accomplish the exact opposite of what we set out to do:

... Eastern Libya, where the anti-Gaddafi forces are based, is a hotbed of anti-Americanism and jihadist sentiment. A report by West Point's Combating Terrorism Center reveals that during the last few years, more jihadists per capita entered Iraq from Libya than from any other Muslim country -- and most of them came from the region that is now spearheading the revolt against Gaddafi.

That may explain why Libyan protesters have defaced Gaddafi's picture with the Star of David, the hated symbol of the Jews, whom the Koran designates as the "strongest in enmity" toward the Muslims. There has been a notable absence among the protesters of anything equivalent to "Don't Tread On Me" flags or other signs that what the uprising is really all about is establishing the ballot box and the hearty give-and-take of open-society politics. The Libyan protesters have chanted not "Give me liberty or give me death!" or even "Democracy, whiskey, sexy," but "No God but Allah!"

Meanwhile, Abu Yahya al-Libi, a Libyan who heads up al-Qaeda in Afghanistan, has warmly praised the uprising in his homeland, calling on Libyans to murder the tyrant and crowing: "Now it is the turn of Gaddafi after he made the people of Libya suffer for more than 40 years." He said that removing Gaddafi as well as other Middle Eastern autocrats is "a step to reach the goal of every Muslim, which is to make the word of Allah the highest" -- that is, to establish a state ruled by Islamic law.

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Posted by Richard at March 22, 2011 9:21 AM

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