Libya’s new leaders will declare liberation on Sunday, officials said, a move that will start the clock for elections after months of bloodshed that culminated in the death of longtime dictator Muammar Qaddafi.
……With Qaddafi gone, however, the governing National Transitional Council was moving forward with efforts to transform the country that was ruled by one man for more than four decades into a democracy
……Initially, NTC officials said the declaration of liberation would be made Saturday. But spokesman Abdel-Rahman Busin said preparations were under way for a Sunday ceremony in the eastern city of Benghazi, the revolution’s birthplace.
Caveats on the “liberation”:
Libya’s new temporary constitutional charter includes the usual draconian Islamic bullshit.
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”
These revolutions may produce a worse regime than the last. Besides, it’s not in the nature of muslims to encourage democracy. Whatever change they bring, consider that it’s a region of the world dominated by muslim zealots, clerics in particular, who preach hate and terrorism in the name of allah. Islamic nation-states have no concept of real freedom. They’ve been ruled by dictators and Sharia Law for hundreds of years. Women, Christians, Jews, and ‘unbelievers’ aren’t usually treated very well.
As bad as it is, it can get worse. The biggest mistake we made in Afghanistan during the Soviet invasion, was training and helping the Taliban, and walking away; leaving the power vacuum wide open for the hardline assholes to come in and subjugate the country. The same mistake was made in Iran. Carter refused to back the Shah; the Ayatollahs came in and installed a violent Islamic theocracy.
The Al Qaeda, the Muslim Brotherhood, and other terrorist organizations are going to take advantage of all this chaos. You can bet on it. If we’re going to support the overthrow of these regimes, be prepared to deal with the aftermath.