The Tripoli Underground


During periods of war many people take big risks. There is one story in Scripture where a woman, who was a prostitute, helped Joshua and his men take Jericho. She took a very big risk, one that could have seen her killed by the people of Jericho, yet she remained protected. Travelling through time we come to the first and second world wars and here again we continue to learn about the brave deeds of the resistance – in Germany, France, Poland, and other European countries. They worked together, and sometimes they were betrayed. Yet they were the resistance.

This year Libya was at war, but unlike the world wars, this was a civil war which ended the reign of the dictator Moammar Gadhafi. The story of the resistance within Tripoli is just beginning to filter through, and the BBC has up a story about three brave individuals and the risks that they took to help bring down the regime.

In each of these stories the people took enormous risks. The woman met with strangers to receive “packages” and then to pass those “packages” onto others. She walked to her destination, carrying her handbag. She was bright enough to know that there was less chance of being searched if she went by foot than by car. The dentist was a diver, and he took the biggest risk, and the same is true of the three naval officers he helped. This man was captured and did undergo some torture. The fall of Tripoli came just in time, because his name was on a list marked for execution on September 1 (if Tripoli had not fallen). The third man took even bigger risks because he was amongst those who was providing information on the whereabouts of the weapons depots that were outside of civilian areas.  He was not alone in that work, because there was another man, a dentist who had been residing in Scotland who was doing the same kind of work.

The driving force for these people was the fact that the original protesters were unarmed and that they were being shot and killed in the streets. This was sufficient reason for the resistance in Tripoli to gain momentum.

In this respect these people have a lot in common with the German resistance of the 2nd world war, as well as the French resistance, and the Polish resistance. These were the people that knew what was happening within their country was wrong, and so they acted within the shadows to bring about “regime change”.

These were people who were not motivated by Islam to play a part in the resistance, but in the case of the woman, I need to smile over her comment about reading the Koran and feeling safe. In her way, it was her belief in God that helped her and protected her when doing this dangerous task.

Posted in The resistance

Why I believe that the Libyan experience is not the same as Egypt


The Arab Spring as it is known began in Tunisia when a young man torched himself over an issue relating to the sale of food. The real story in Tunisia was a people fed up with the corruption and the torture that they constantly faced under the regime. It took a few weeks, but the dictator fled to Saudi Arabia. Now the Tunisians are preparing for an election that will lead the way to the next step in their lives. Will it mean that they shift towards Islamism? I do not know. The leader of the largest Islamist party is trying to project an image that may just be taqiyyah. It is a troubling time for the people of Tunisia because for them it seems that nothing really changed.

Protests broke out in Yemen, Bahrain, Syria, Egypt and Libya, to name some of the Arab countries where there has been some upheaval. My focus here is on Egypt and Libya and why I do not believe that Libya will end up like Iran, but I do believe that Egypt could end up like Iran.

In order to try and understand what is happening I have found it necessary to abandon my own western psyche to try and step into the shoes of those who have been fomenting for change. It has been necessary to set aside my own objections to Islam in order to try and understand what is happening in these Middle Eastern countries, and then try to interpret what that means for the West. What I have discovered is that comparing the experience of Egypt with the experience of Libya is like comparing chalk and cheese. There is simply no comparison between the two situations.

When Gadhafi came to power via a bloodless military coup, Nasser was in charge in Egypt. Very few people seem to appreciate that Nasser was in fact a Communist, and it is important to understand this point because to the young army captain, Moammar Gadhafi, Nasser was a hero. It is also important to understand some of the modern historical background of Libya, especially the struggle to be free of Italian colonial rule.

Libya is a majority Islamic country. It is already under Shariah Law but the laws are not hardline like they are in both Saudi Arabia and Iran. However, they are bad enough because a thief can end up without his hands, and a woman who has been raped will not get satisfaction in the courts. This is why Eman el-Obeidi was so brave when she broke into the Rixos Hotel in order to tell her story to the foreign journalists. She declared to the world what no other Libyan woman would have been willing to declare, and as a result she was slandered by the regime.  Since Libya is already under Shariah it seems pointless for people from a western culture to get their noses out of joint on the subject. In the context of this being a Muslim country we do need to acknowledge that Shariah Law is the norm.

Another area that needs context is that of the people who were shouting “allahu Akbar”. It is important that context is given because this was not the same as the jihadist on an aircraft who makes the same utterance, or is it the same as the Fort Hood murderer who made that utterance before he killed innocent people. The true context in Libya happens to be the relationship that Moammar Gadhafi had with the people of Libya. He thought of himself as “the King of kings”, or in other words he thought of himself as God. (the man I dub the Grand Poohbah in Iran, aka Ayatollah Kahmenei does exactly the same thing. He also thinks that God speaks through him).  The Libyans explain it best when they talk about the posters that abounded in Tripoli and elsewhere, as well as the use of the Little Green Schoolbook. There was in effect a “Cult of Moammar” that was in existence.

The men who have been called Islamists certainly objected to theis deification of Gadhafi. This is best illustrated in the context of some of the things that took place during battle. In one instance a doctor who was in the field trying to attend to the wounded, and who was in an ambulance when he was shot, was seen on the ground with a mercenary standing over him. The mercenary was demanding that the doctor proclaim Gadhafi as his “leader” or supreme, but the young doctor stated “allahu akbar” meaning that Gadhafi is not above God. This man exemplifies how many of those Libyan revolutionaries saw the situation. Gadhafi was not above God or Allah for them, only Allah was Supreme.

When one considers the history of Libya it should come as no surprise that there are Islamists. King Idris’s grandfather founded the Muslim sect known as Sanusi. It was a mixture of the Sufi and the Sunni Islam. The grandfather had been influenced by the Wahibbi school of Islam and it is true he had no real love for the Western colonial powers. In fact he was hostile to those western powers. By the time of Idris however, the Libyans were under the thumb of the Italians and they wanted to break free of their colonial masters. As is typical of Libya though, there was a divide in attitudes between East and West. The people of the East, that is people from Benghazi and similar towns were more inclined to want to shake off that colonialism but the people of Tripoli and Sirte were willing to keep the status quo. During the Second World War, Idris did a deal with the British and the French, that his people, the Sanusi Army would help the Allied forces and in return after the war, the British and the French would help Idris to throw off the yoke of the Italian colonial masters…. and so it was that Idris came to power. Needless to say the people from Tripoli were not happy about government being located in Benghazi.

Thus, we have to keep in mind that Islamism has always been a part of modern Libya and that Islam is a part of the fabric of society. Yet, these people also want to have some form of democratic system. It can be done, because this is what Turkey achieved through Attaturk. The question is how far will Libya go in setting up democratic systems?

The legacy of Gadhafi is that he made sure that there was no central government system in place. All the power was concentrated in Tripoli with Gadhafi cronies having the top positions. This in turn has led to a whole lot of corruption. Libya is not a poor country because of its oil wealth, yet on the whole a majority of the Libyan people are poor. This is because Gadhafi was shrewd enough to give the people an allowance every month. He spent lavishly on Sirte, and he spent lavishly on supplying weapons etc to other African nations.( His sons helped themselves to the wealth of the Libyan nation, and the luxuries of their foreign mansions, as well as their mansions in Libya were absolutely obscene. There is no better example of this obscenity than Aisha’s house in Tripoli with its indoor swimming pool and huge swimming pool size bath. The money that was spent and socked away by the Gadhafi family could have been used to build new apartment blocks many times over for the people all over Libya). The various towns had their committees but nothing else.

Gadhafi was a Marxist. His little Green schoolbook was based upon Mao’s Little Red book. He changed the flag to that green thing which had little or no meaning because it was just green. He renamed Libya as the Socialist Republic of Libya. 

There is no need to rehash the background of the first protest in Benghazi, what caused it etc. but it is the outcome that is of significance. Once the walls of the town “fort” was breeched, and the people had control of the weapons, they began to organize themselves, forming a committee that was to become the National Transitional Council. What is quite significant, and what I believe separates Egypt from Libya, is that at this juncture the old flag of Libya began to appear. That flag became the symbol of the revolution. The fact that there was a flag that symbolized the revolution was something that set the revolution apart from what took place in Egypt.

One thing that I have noticed is that the critics of the Libyan revolution seem to be comparing the situation in that country to Iran prior to takeover by the Mullahs. However, there are some very significant differences. Whilst it is true that there are imams who played a role in the fall of Tripoli, there does not seem to be any real influence from any Mullah or Imam in Libya. This is a very striking difference between the 1979 revolution in Iran and the 2011 revolution in Libya. In Iran the leading figure of dissent was in fact the Ayatollah Khomenei who was living in exile. It was that fool, Jimmah Carter who did not have the brains to recognize the danger of this particular person, and saw him only in religious terms, thinking that he must be ok. The problem for Carter is that he equated Khomenei to a Baptist preacher. He had no understanding regarding Islam, and thus he helped create the evil that is Iran.

When the Egyptians began their protests in Tahrir square, it was both Coptic Christians and Muslims involved in the protest. The mix of people is significant because it has not panned out as expected. Amongst those protesters were anarchists, left-wing types, Marxists, Salafists etc. These people were demanding “democracy” but it is with a forked tongue. Here again in Egypt we have an element that is perhaps unsavoury. The real influence was the Muslim Brotherhood, yet they pretended that they were not involved. There is also a figure returned from “exile”, sort of, in the form of el Barabrandi (sp). This particular man desires to be Egyptian President but if that happened it would be one very big mistake since el Barabrani is allied to Iran. He is sort of a part of Muslim Brotherhood, but it seems that Muslim Brotherhood do not want to own him. Perhaps there is hope here because MB do not seem that keen on ties with Iran!!  Since the revolution in Egypt the situation for both the Copts and the Israelis has deteriorated. This is the fault of the military. I point out here that one of the leading imams in Egypt is Tawanti (sp) who just happens to have the same name as that of the man in charge of the military, and who is currently in charge in Egypt. To the dismay of those early protesters though, nothing has really changed when it comes to the suppression of protests or even the suppression of free speech.

There are similarities between Egypt and Libya in that under the dictatorship there was a lack of free speech and the people were suppressed in similar ways. However, the differences are still quite stark. In Libya the people lived in constant fear of their neighbours dobbing them into the “authority” or perhaps a better phrase is the “thought police”. The suppression in Libya was always far more brutal than it was in Egypt. Another difference is that Gadhafi was exporting terrorism in many countries. Whilst it is assumed that he had quietened down after the invasion of Iraq, that was not necessarily the case since he was supplying weapons etc. to a variety of tin pot dictatorships in Africa. The only thing that really happened is that he shifted his emphasis away from the West.

Without a doubt Libya has a very long way to go on the road to democracy. This will not be democracy like we experience in the West. Here in Australia we are a Constitutional Monarchy and we are semi-independent from Great Britain. We elect our own politicians who sit in the various Parliaments in the States and Federally. Our form of democracy is different from that of the USA, which is a Republic. What we have in common though is that we elect our representatives. This is something that was denied to the Libyans. They have never experienced such structures, and now they must start from scratch.

The gap that has been created by the death of Gadaffi is such that there is the danger of tribal rivalry now that the common enemy has been eliminated. I personally do not believe that there is any threat from Al Qaeda or Hezbollah or any other outside group. I have no point of reference regarding the strength or otherwise of Muslim Brotherhood. Considering the way in which political parties were suppressed, I doubt that MB ever gained a foothold in Libya. Yet, there are Islamists.

This brings me to the leading Islamist, Mr. Belhaj. Up front, I believe Belhaj when he states that his focus was anti_Gadhafi, and that the focus of his LIFG was not global jihad, but was a jihad that would see the ouster of Gadhafi. I suspect that Mr. Belhaj was characterized by Gadhafi and his henchman as Al Qaeda when in fact he was not anything of the sort. According to this man he rejected the Al Qaeda idoeology. On the other hand I need to know more about Mr. Belhaj and his activities when he lived outside of Libya. He is one of the 2 men who was subjected to torture via the policy of rendition. I do suspect that Gadhafi and his henchmen lied about both men.

At this point in time it is hard to predict the future direction in Libya. If the people are true to their word, then they will be a pro-west nation. How far will they go in being pro-west? Will they follow the example of Idris with regard to Israel? At least under Idris there was little in the way of hostility between the two countries. The real hostility occurred under Gadhafi. Perhaps this is an indication that in the future there is a chance that there will be some form of reconciliation between these two countries, or at least a “look the other way” form of relationship, just like there is between Saudi Arabia and Israel.

With Gadhafi gone there are some big losers: Russia, South Africa, Nigeria, Algeria, China and Iran are all losers with the death of Gadhafi. The noises being made by the Russians make it obvious that they are afraid of losing their oil contracts. They backed the wrong pony. This is also true of China.

The evidence seems to point to a new regime that is not Marxist. These people do not want to be a part of a Peoples Republic. Libya will be an Islamic Republic, and hopefully they will come to grips with the daunting task that lies ahead of them.

 

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The Libyan Dictator and RAT is dead


At last, this morning I heard the news that I have been praying to hear since the beginning of the revolution in Libya – Moammar Gadhafi is dead. The similarity of his capture to that of Saddam Hussein is indeed quite eerie. The Libyan people are to be congratulated because they achieved what the Iraqi people could not achieve on their own. It is an end to a most brutal dictatorship.

The capture of Sirte seemed to have been a very long drawn out affair. The brutality as it was revealed was breath-taking. There are people who have been critical of the now government forces, that they had retaliated against those who had been very willing to kill them, and yes there were cases of that form of revenge, but nothing quite like the brutality meted out by Gadhafi to his own people. As a typical example of that brutality, the bodies of at least 30 pro-government people were found bound by tape as they were captured and executed by the Loyalists obviously under the direction of Gadhafi. As people managed to escape the city the harrowing tales began and amongst those was the story that the Loyalists had slashed the tyres of the cars of the civilian population so that they could not escape. Instead, they were left to suffer whilst Gadhafi held their town hostage.

There are many reports on the death of Gadhafi and there are pictures to be seen of his bloodied body. The scene that went down was the following: a convoy of cars began to accumulate on the outskirts of Sirte. This convoy was seen by two French jets, and I believe that they shot at the convoy. The occupants scattered, and the French NATO jets left the Libyan government troops to take care of those who were in the convoy. Gadhafi was found by these men in a drain. He was shot and they loaded him on a truck, but he tried to escape. He was shot and killed, and then the body was taken by ambulance to Misrata.

It has been confirmed that Muttassim Gadhafi has met the same fate as his father. Once again, it is good riddance to an extraordinarily brutal man. The people of Las Ranuf must be relieved to know that Muttassim is dead. The fate of Saif al-Islam Gadhafi is less certain. There are conflicting reports that he is dead or that he was wounded and taken to Tripoli.

Amongst those captured was Moussa Ibrahim, the Baghdad Bob wannabe. Moussa Ibrahim Gadhafi had remained the spokesman and front person for the regime, and he will deserve his coming fate – hopefully it will just be time in prison. He is, of course a known liar.

 

Posted in Daffy Duck aka Gadhafi

Egypt – Intolerance means death for the Coptic Christians


I am not going to beat about the bush here, because from the time that the protests erupted in Egypt I considered the situation to be quite dangerous. The Coptic Christians in Egypt were foolish to have trusted and joined with Muslims in the ousting of Hosni Muburak. Just like in the other Arab countries where there have been a series of protests, it is not possible to work out precisely who is behind them.

What is more, I think that people who think that Egypt will turn into a democratic country in the way that we understand democracy are fooling themselves. It is not going to happen. One only has to look at the groups involved, and especially the increasing hostility towards Coptic Christians and Jews since the outbreak of protests to see that the outcome for anyone who is not a Muslim is not going to be very good.

The Islamists were allowed to sack and destroy the Israeli Embassy. Muslims have some extremely weird ideas about their Jewish Israeli neighbours. Many peole are totally unaware that they are being told lies about the people of Israel. They are told those lies in order to prevent people from seeking out the truth. The Christian Coptics in Egypt have it far worse than even the Jews.

The latest outbreak has seen at least 26 Coptic Christians being killed by the armed forces. The violence of the confrontation was deliberate. It is not the first time that there has been violence and deaths over the past months since the protests in Tahrir Square. The Coptic Christians will never be allowed to build or rebuild their churches. It is all about Islamic control and they are nothing more than second class citizens in Egypt. The Islamists remain their mortal enemy.

 

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missing weapons? Do I believe HRW? NO!!


There is a real need to question anything that comes from Human Rights Watch. This is because that organization has an agenda that is definitely defined as left wing. As a group they seem to be all over the place… but then again they are associated with Jimmah Carter, the failed U.S. President.

In recent weeks the issue of “20,000” missing missiles has surfaced once again. By implication, it is alleged that these are weapons that have wound up in the hands of Al Qaeda. However, I suggest that the stories are in fact bullshit, and that there is in fact no basis for assuming that the weapons were missing in the first place. At the outset I thought that this was a story that was meant to smear the Libyan revolutionaries. Yes, I do think it is possible that a small group might attempt to smuggle weapons, but the anecdotal evidence within Libya gives me a whole different picture.

First of all, the NTC are cooperating with the UN in the attempt to round up all of the weapons. Second, there are Libyans who have been fighting who are very mindful about ensuring that no weapons fall into the wrong hands. One such commander actually has a log book with the serial numbers of the weapons that have been issued and the names of those who have received the weapons. Third, there is a possibility that the weapons never existed in those warehouses in the first place, or that they were placed in those warehouses prior to Gadhafi moving them on to those he sponsors in the African continent. Fourth, it is the borders stupid!!

I have written several posts on the propaganda that came from Gadhafi and his version of Baghdad Bob. Amongst those posts I mentioned that there was a reason that the revolutionaries were being portrayed as Al Qaeda. The propaganda has worked because there are many who call themselves conservative who actually believe that the revolutionaries were carting those weapons across those borders so that they would end up in the hands of Al Qaeda, at the expense of victory against Gadhafi in Libya. To me that is the real crux of this issue, that it was fuelled by Gadhafi propaganda and HRW has been the ones to promote this particular propaganda.

Even though I continue to be concerned by Bahadj, who is now in charge of the military council in Tripoli, I am less concerned about the possibility that this man would allow weapons to go across the border. There are in fact other scenarios that are not being explored by those who have taken a stance against an oppressed people who are now liberated from a tyrant.

Here is what I think: when the revolutionaries first breached the fort in Benghazi they did indeed help themselves to the weapons, to use against the loyalist forces. It is the location of Benghazi that is crucial here. It is not close to the border of Chad or of Niger, meaning that if weapons had crossed into those countries by April then it was not done by the people from Derna who are the most likely to sympathise with Al Qaeda. This means that one has to look elsewhere to see what might have happened. The answer came when Tripoli fell: Libyan soldiers were willing to sell their weapons, and they sold them to the revolutionaries!! If they were willing to sell their guns to the people of Tripoli so that they had weapons when the time came for the rising up, then what is to have stopped them selling a few missiles to shady characters?

The borders to Chad and Niger lie to the South of the country, much closer to Bani Walid, Sirte and Sabha. The people in control of those regions are Gadhafi loyalists. At Gandhames it is the loyalist Tourareg who have been mostly in control, and it is highly likely that the Tourareg have been shipping weapons across the border into Niger. Gadhafi opened those weapons storehouses to his followers, and many of those are people from Niger, Chad and Mali, as well as Algiers. There is a very real possibility that it was Gadhafi who allowed those alleged weapons to disappear – if they have in fact disappeared.

The reality is that the revolutionaries are using the weapons that they found against the Gadhafi loyalists. They have often attached these to the back of pick up trucks and they have been using them to counter the missiles that have been fired upon them. It would seem obvious that the loyalists are also using the weapons in their fight against the people who have risen up against them. On top of that there is an issue with the convoys that headed in Niger, and they took gold and weapons with them. It is more than likely that Gadhafi had been secretly moving those weapons across the border into Chad and Niger, and possible that some of them have been moved into Algiers. It is also highly likely that these weapons are being stored along the border between Libya and these countries.

On the other hand, the people in Misrata had no access to such weapons, the people in Benghazi took risks to bring them weapons by boat. Those weapons were not sent to Al Qaeda from Benghazi. 

If it is HRW who is behind these stories of alleged missing weapons, then I am going to be among the first to state the obvious: that there is a credibility gap where HRW is concerned, and most of what they utter should be taken with a grain of salt. This particular outfit is not to be trusted at all. They are propagandists who are making Gadhafi proud of their efforts.

 

Posted in Al Qaeda, Daffy Duck aka Gadhafi, Human Rights Watch, Libya, Mali, Niger, Taurareg

Abu Salim Prison – the key to the Libyan revolution


Yesterday was the Catholic Justice Sunday. Whilst I was unimpressed with the emphasis on criminals placed in prison, I did feel that much more could be said about the plight of political prisoners, because these are the men and women who have continually faced injustice over the ages. I make the distinction because criminals make a choice, and it is a bad choice. In the case of criminals, it is often their refusal to turn their lives around when given the opportunity that sees them ending up in prison. However, that is not the case of political prisoners around the world.

The more I have been reading about Libya, and yes even about the LIFG, I recognize that the LIFG was not ideologically associated with Al Qaeda and it is wrong to claim that members of the LIFG are Al Qaeda, which is the claim that is made by Gadhafi and his goons, and it is the claim that is taken up by anti-Islamists. (I may deal with the anti-Islamists at some other point, but it will be to show where they are wrong, rather than disagreeing with them). What has jolted me has been the revelations about the capture of Mr. Belhadj and his deputy, and their rendition back to Libya on the pretext that they were somehow associated with Al Qaeda and Osama Bin Laden. The trauma faced by those two individuals in the Libyan Abu Salim prison is all the more reason to reject any support of the Gadhafi regime.

The way that I am writing here is to support the Libyan people, and I am not aiming to be pro-Muslim. My whole point is the humanitarian one, that people should be able to live their lives without fear. It has been the case that for the close to 42 years of the reign of Daffy Duck that the Libyan people feared for their lives. It was a reign of terror in Libya during that period. We in the West only knew about the bad things being done by Libyans such as the shooting of the policewoman outside of the Libyan embassy in London, as well as the bombing of the Pan Am flight over Lockerbie on the orders of Moammar Gadhafi, as well as the bombing of the Berlin nightclub, also on the orders of Moammar Gadhafi, and the assassination of various dissidents. We also knew of the shipment of weapons to the IRA. We were not aware of the murder of more than 1000 men and women in Abu Salim prison.

What took place in Abu Salim prison is the key to the Libyan revolution. This is the prison where opponents of Gadhafi were taken and then tortured. I have seen a variety of reports about the horrors of Abu Salim, including pictures of the cells where those men were forced to live. The reports are somewhat gruesome. When the revolutionaries took Tripoli, the guards at Abu Salim prison had a little present for the inmates: a grenade and being shot in the back. This was the scene that faced the revolutionaries as they managed to free those who were not killed by the Gadhafi regime.

The more recent story, however, is not the big story, but the finding of the remains of the more than 1000 who were killed in 1996 is the story. It was the relatives of the men who who killed in 1996 who were staging protests in Benghazi when their lawyer was arrested. Now, for the first time, those relatives are able to find out what happened to their missing loved ones.

The BBC is reporting that the Libyans have found the mass grave in Abu Salim prison that holds the remains of those who were murdered in 1996.

The NTC said it had discovered the site – a desert field scattered with bone fragments within the grounds of the Abu Salim prison – by questioning prison guards who had worked there when the prisoners were killed after protesting against their conditions.

 

Several bone fragments and pieces of clothing have already been found in the top soil.

 

Some family members visited the site, among them Sami Assadi, who lost two brothers in the incident.

He was told they had died of natural causes only five years ago. He told the BBC how it felt to be at the place where his brothers may be buried.

“Mixed feelings really. We are all happy because this revolution has succeeded, but when I stand here, I remember my brothers and many, many friends have been killed, just because they did not like Muammar Gaddafi.”

 

Until recently, little was known about the circumstances in which the prisoners died, says the BBC’s Jonathan Head who went down to the site.

A few eyewitnesses have talked about the fact they were killed in their jail cells by grenades and sustained gunfire after a protest.

 

Officials in the new government say they will need foreign forensic help to determine exactly what happened there.

 

Posted in Al Qaeda, Libya

Please be realistic


Some people cannot comprehend that it is possible to have a Muslim government that has at its base Sharia law, but is in fact a moderate government. Instead of being happy for the Libyan people because they have managed to overthrow the tyrant and terrorist Moammar Gadhafi, there is a persistent comment about the fact that the outcome will be a government based upon Sharia. My response to this is: so what, Libya is a Muslim country!!

Whilst I am not a person who is pro-Muslim, I do understand that in those countries where Islam is the majority, it is to be expected that the government will be based upon some form of Sharia law. It is only to be expected. The real issue should be whether or not the new government that is to be formed will end up being hardline or whether it will be truly moderate.

In this respect, the signal happens to be that the people who formed the NTC are desirous of forming a moderate Islamic government. The good signals that came from Mr. Jalil happened to be the words “we are of a moderate Islam” and there were warnings to those hardliners regarding any idea of them taking control of the country!!  The NTC itself is pro-West. These are people who have lived in western countries such as England and the USA, and who have had sufficient experience in democracy to understand the benefits. They are also people who are entrepreneurial, which means that they have a penchant for capitalism.  What they want is the direct opposite to the Socialism under Daffy Duck.

What can we expect to see in Libya? First of all, Sharia law does not automatically mean that women will be compelled to wear the burqa. That is a hardline position that one sees in Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Afghanistan under the rule of the Taliban. The women already wear some form of head dress, and what they wear is obviously quite sufficient for most people in Libya. I cannot see that changing unless the hardliners end up gaining power. On the other hand, what I can see is the influence of tribalism, where in one part of the country there might be a traditional type of dress for women where they are more fully covered, and that will very likely stay in place.

Second, I do not forsee much change in the attitude towards Christians in Libya. There are some Catholics in Libya, which was evident during the initial stages of the revolution. The Archbishop of Tripoli made a fool of himself, but at this point in time, unless there is an obvious reason for the new government taking an anti-Christian stance, I cannot forsee any change in the status quo.

Third, Libya already embraces Sharia Law. In other words, nothing will change with the incoming government because Sharia is already the basis of law in Libya. However, there is room for changes that could modernize the adaptation of Sharia Law in Libya.

As a woman I remain opposed to various aspects of Sharia Law, including the value of a woman’s testimony in the witness box. I will again use the example of Eman al-Obeidi, the woman who was raped by members of the military who were at a checkpoint in the Zawiyah district. Some of the guards involved were members of the Gadhafi clain.. oops no wonder the Baghdad Bob of Libya claimed that Eman was a prostitute and then made up a lot of lies about her, even though she is a lawyer!!  Eman was extremely brave in confronting what had happened and by letting the world know about her rape. Under Sharia Law, and in Libya, she could be executed as an adulteress even though she was the rape victim!! The men who raped her chose to press charges against her because she “impugned their reputation”. This is a troubling aspect of Sharia Law. It is also an aspect that needs to change.  Eman’s case was not the only one in Libya, and in one case a father killed his three daughters because they had been raped.

I am not going to condemn the father of these girls because he chose an honour killing to try and get rid of the “shame”. Rather, I believe that people should listen instead to the local sheik who stated that such a reaction was wrong, and that women who had been raped by the Daffy goons should be held up as heroines, because of their bravery. It is to be hoped that there are more people with the forward thinking of that sheik, rather than those who believe that their female family members have brought shame upon the family. My point is that it is a very hard task to turn people around when they have been brought up to see shame when no shame should be felt.

One can only hope that in the new Libya there will be some enlightenment and that such attitudes will be changed over time. If Libya remains a moderate nation, then there is every chance that Libya will not embrace the Ummah.

Let’s be realistic with regard to what might happen in Libya. The Libyans are not Shia, but they are an offshoot of the Sunni. They do not seem to have the mullahs like the GrandPoohBah Khamenei. This is of course, good news. During the conflict Benghazi accepted medical aid from Iran, and it seems for some people this was yet another sin. What those people do not comprehend is that Iran gave Daffy Duck weapons!! Medical aid is not proof that Benghazi will side with Iran. I doubt that they would side with Iran because of the ideological differences between the populations of both countries.

When I first began to find out more about Libya, I learned about the group known as the Sanusi. This was the sect founded by the great-grandfather of king Idris. The sect itself is based upon the Sunni, with influences of the Wahibi as well as the Sufi. Under Daffy Duck those who had remained as Sanusi were punished, with their zawiyahs being closed down. It has to be remembered that Daffy Duck was not loathe to fire upon and destroy Libya’s mosques. It is no wonder that people with such a mixed outlook could come together in order to fight against a very evil man.

 

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