US should repudiate Shariah law in Libya

Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonTrump: TPP will make NAFTA 'look like a baby' Social Security to run dry three years sooner than expected: study Needed: a presidential candidate that can pass the ‘burning house test' MORE has made a surprise trip to “new” Libya to support the National Transitional Council even before the capture of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.

The secretary of State met with NTC Chairman Mustafa Abdul Jalil, Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril and Finance Minister Ali Tarhouni, offering funding and technical support. She said afterward that Libya should be governed by “the rule of law, not the whims of men,” and should have a “transparent and fair judicial system.”

Yet Abdul-Jalil, Gadhafi’s former minister of justice, is on record as calling for “a state that will have Islamic Shariah law as the basis of legislation."

The problem about Libya’s future is that the Western intervention cannot conceal the fact that its well-intentioned operation — ostensibly for humanitarian reasons in order to avoid a massacre of Libyan civilians by Gadhafi’s forces — has only papered over the cracks of a divided and tribal society.

NATO did not intervene to see the installation of Shariah law in Libya. Is the U.N. political mission being set up in Tripoli going to help the transitional authorities implement Islamic law, which can provide for punishments such as stoning and amputations? Its application often discriminates against women. Did Sen. John McCainJohn McCainMcCain wants hearings on lifting of military's transgender ban Needed: a presidential candidate that can pass the ‘burning house test' Group hopes to have independent candidate by end of July MORE (R-Ariz.) realize that this would be the outcome of his strong support for the Libyan rebels?

NATO countries have stressed that the Libyans themselves own their revolution. It would be disappointing indeed, though, if one of the fruits of that revolution were to establish a criminal code that belongs in the Middle Ages.

The secretary of State said nothing in public about the issue of Shariah, although she was asked about the role of Islamists during a town hall meeting with young Libyans. It is to be hoped that Clinton, a promoter of women’s rights from Africa to Afghanistan, stood firm in her discussions with the transitional leaders in repudiating the introduction of Shariah, which even Gadhafi did not impose on his people during his 42-year dictatorship.

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