So now we have the press and the prognosticators at the Wall Street Journal telling us how Republican Conservatives and “realists” were wrong to challenge Obama and his efforts in Libya which if we recall was “leading from behind.”
Libya is up in the air, fighting continues, the Rebels claimed to have captured one son of Gadhafi only to have him appear on TV celebrating and taking journalists on a tour of Tripoli. What can we believe? Not much unless you look at a draft document of a proposed Libyan Constitution. This came from Heritage so it has credibility where the WSJ editorial board continues to lose theirs.
As both the Morning Bell and Washington in a Flash noted today, Heritage Fellow Jim Phillips recently pointed out that Islamist forces “appear to make up a small but not insignificant part of the opposition coalition,” and must be prevented “from hijacking Libya’s future.” Parts of the draft Constitution allay those fears, while others exacerbate them.
It is just a draft, mind you, and gauging its authenticity at this point is difficult. There is also no way to know whether this draft or something similar will emerge as the final governing document for a new Libyan regime.
Much of the document describes political institutions that will sound familiar to citizens of Western liberal democracies, including rule of law, freedom of speech and religious practice, and a multi-party electoral system.
But despite the Lockean tenor of much of the constitution, the inescapable clause lies right in Part 1, Article 1:
“Islam is the Religion of the State, and the principal source of legislation is Islamic Jurisprudence (Sharia).”
Under this constitution, in other words, Islam is law. That makes other phrases such as “there shall be no crime or penalty except by virtue of the law” and “Judges shall be independent, subject to no other authority but law and conscience” a bit more ominous.
My comments at the WSJ reflect what is turning out to be quite true and I don’t believe I’m a prophet.
Obama didn’t lead anything, he said we would “lead” from behind while France and England are out front with their blabber the press his somehow giving credit to Obama for his 3 day, er, uh, 1 week, er, uh, 1 month er, uh war.
Isn’t the WSJ playing rip the Conservatives once again, you know those pesky Hobbits, while counting Libya’s chickens before they hatch?
Call me skeptical but I still smell Egypt burning and I hear the footsteps of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Obama isn’t “right” about a thing, he is nothing but cheap talk and it appears the WSJ is buying his BS.
Does the editorial board have an opinion?
As the WSJ opines about “Triumph” for the rebels we have this:
A son of Muammar Gaddafi who rebels said they had captured appeared with cheering supporters in Tripoli, giving a boost to forces loyal to the veteran leader trying to fight off insurgents who say they control most of the capital.
Saif al-Islam, who has been seen as his father’s heir apparent, visited the Tripoli hotel where foreign journalists are staying to declare that the government was winning the battle against the rebels.
He took journalists to his father’s Bab al-Aziziyah stronghold. Television footage showed Saif pumping his fists in the air, smiling, waving and shaking hands with supporters, as well as holding his arms aloft with each hand making the V for victory sign.
“We broke the back of the rebels. It was a trap. We gave them a hard time, so we are winning,” Saif said.
Saif’s arrest had been reported both by rebels and the International Criminal Court in The Hague and his appearance before the foreign media raised questions as to the rebels’ credibility.
Things aren’t what they always seem to be on TV or in media reports. Yogi Berra was correct.
As I said Egypt is still burning and the pundits and politicians should watch what they ask for and what they are reporting.
Those pesky realists getting in the way again while the WSJ editorial board has moved to Fantasy Island.
Some wish to falsely give Obama credit for toppling a tyrant while fail to recognize a tyrant wannabe currently living the high life at Martha’s Vineyard.
The consensus by most readers commenting is basically the same and giving Obama credit for anything concerning Libya isn’t only premature, it’s ridiculous.
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