The new Libyan regime swept in by Barack Obama has already started making those democratic changes to the country we’d all been hoping for.
Mustafa Abdul-Jalil, the country’s new leader, has made it clear that radical Sharia law will be the basis under which the country is governed, and, as his first act, has reversed the country’s ban on polygamy.
Up next: A very “Occupy Wall Street” ban on interest charged on loans. Apparently interest is against Sharia, too.
Capturing a guy alive and then blowing his head off without a trial: Perfectly fine under Sharia, apparently. But interest on loans “creates disease and hatred among people.”
It’s all coming together now. Heck of a job, Barack.
Libya is already the most conservative state in north Africa, banning the sale of alcohol. Mr Abdul-Jalil’s decision – made in advance of the introduction of any democratic process – will please the Islamists who have played a strong role in opposition to Col Gaddafi’s rule and in the uprising but worry the many young liberal Libyans who, while usually observant Muslims, take their political cues from the West.