Comment by Jim Campbell
This should come as no shock, Vice President Joe Biden over the week-end suggested that he would be up for a run in 2016 for the Presidency then he took a look at his driver’s license and saw 68 he realized that he was getting a bit long in the tooth and shouldn’t be buying green bananas at his age.
Sixty nine this January, reality slapped him upside the head as a voice whispered in his ear, “It ain’t gonna happen for ya Joe.”
He did the most expedient thing possible he arranged for Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton to have him installed and the full time leader of Libya following the death of Gaddafi.
Terms of the trade, yet to be announced, indicate from sources to who wish to remain anonymous, that the U.S. will receive 3-4 terrorists in exchange. Already senile, Libya is getting the short end of the stick.
That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
Mustafa Abdul-Jalil-JOEBITEME, the chairman of the National Transitional Council and de fact president, had already declared that Libyan laws in future would have Sharia, the Islamic code, as its “basic source”.
But that formulation can be interpreted in many ways – it was also the basis of Egypt’s largely secular constitution under President Hosni Mubarak, and remains so after his fall.
Mr Abdul-Jalil-JOEBITEME went further, specifically lifting immediately, by decree, one law from Col. Gaddafi’s era that he said was in conflict with Sharia – that banning polygamy.
In a blow to those who hoped to see Libya’s economy integrate further into the western world, he announced that in future bank regulations would ban the charging of interest, in line with Sharia. “Interest creates disease and hatred among people,” he said.
Gulf states like the United Arab Emirates, and other Muslim countries, have pioneered the development of Sharia-compliant banks which charge fees rather than interest for loans but they normally run alongside western-style banks.
In the first instance, interest on low-value loans would be waived altogether, he said.
Libya is already the most conservative state in north Africa, banning the sale of alcohol. Mr Abdul-Jalil’s decision – made in advance of the introduction of any democratic process – will please the Islamists who have played a strong role in opposition to Col Gaddafi’s rule and in the uprising but worry the many young liberal Libyans who, while usually observant Muslims, take their political cues from the West.