Here is what Daniel Pipes of the Middle East forum thinks about events playing out in Libya:
“Many are ready to party about the political demise of the hated, eccentric and foul Mu’ammar al-Qaddafi as rebel troops move into Tripoli. I am not partying. Here’s why not. The NATO intervention … was done without due diligence as to who it is in Benghazi it was helping. To this day, their identity is a mystery. Chances are good that Islamist forces are hiding behind more benign elements, waiting for the right moment to pounce, as roughly happened in Iran in 1978 and ’79. … Should that be the case in Libya today, the miserable Qaddafi will prove to be better than his successors for both the Libyan subjects of tyranny and the West.”
The draft copy of the new Libyan constitution states that sharia law “is the principal source of legislation.” What does that tell you? It tells me that regardless of the outcome of the rebel insurgency, like all the other Arab countries in the turbulent Middle East, the Islamists are waiting to take over.
I’m Cal Thomas.
Publication date: August 24, 2011