Tuesday, 25 October 2011

THE ARAB SPRING AND GROUNDHOG DAY

Ken Berwitz

We already have seen post-Mubarak Egypt lurch headlong into islamic fundamentalism.

Well, Egypt isn't the only one. 

Here, excerpted from an article at Agence France Presse, is the latest news about the "Arab Spring":

TRIPOLI The announcement that Islamic sharia law will be the basis of legislation in newly liberated Libya has raised concerns, especially among women, despite Islamists insisting moderation will prevail.

Interim leader Mustafa Abdel Jalil said on Sunday, during his speech to the nation in Benghazi to formally declare the country's liberation from the ousted regime of Moammer Kadhafi, that sharia would be Libya's principal law.

"Any law that violates sharia is null and void legally," he said, citing as an example the law on marriage passed during the slain dictator's 42-year tenure that imposed restrictions on polygamy, which is permitted in Islam.

"The law of divorce and marriage... This law is contrary to sharia and it is stopped," Abdel Jalil said.

His comments have provoked criticism and calls for restraint both in Libya and in Europe, amid fears that the Arab Spring may give rise to a potentially intolerant Islamist resurgence.

This is an "Arab Spring"? 

No, it is an Arab Winter.  And when the groundhog poked its head out in Egypt, then in Libya, it saw a dark, ominous shadow and jumped right back into the hole.

Sadly, there is plenty more of the bitter Arab Winter to go.


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