The dhimmis at the Beeb think that Sharia in Mogadishu is just fine. And why not? The White House has no problem with it in Iraq or Afghanistan. “Mogadishu battle – turning point for peace?,” from the BBC, with thanks to Barnahy:
While some Somalis – and certainly the US – are deeply dismayed at the sight of the Islamic militia seizing control of Mogadishu, others argue that it may prove it to be a turning point in the peace process.
Prime Minister Ali Mohamed Ghedi says he would rather deal with the Union of Islamic Courts than the warlords who have controlled Somali’s capital for the past 15 years.
“It was an excellent step forward… because they [warlords] were not ready for a government, they were not ready for peace,” he told Radio France Internationale….
Optimists say that if the Islamic courts do consolidate their grip on the capital, negotiations between just two groups may prove simpler, leading to the country’s first effective national authority for 15 years….
Editor of the BBC Somali service Yusuf Garaad Omar says the fact that a single entity controls the capital is a huge opportunity to bring peace to Somalia.
“The Islamic courts and the transitional government need each other,” he says. “One is the legal government, the other is a popular force in control of the capital.”
But he warns that it is only a step forward on a long road towards the end of war.
He says the Islamic courts are likely to become whatever others want them to be.
If treated with respect – as partners – they could turn into the group which delivers the capital to the government and so end years of conflict.
But if they are viewed as a hotbed of Islamic extremism, that too, could become a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Again we have the canard that concern expressed by non-Muslims about Sharia violations of human rights and jihad supremacism will make Muslims turn in those directions. I just don’t see any way that that logically follows.
The moderate leader of the Islamic Courts Union, Sharif Shaikh Ahmed, has said that his militia does not want to impose a Taliban-style Islamic state on Somalia.
But some Islamic courts officials have said they would only support a government based on Islam….
It will be interesting to see how that shakes out. Will Sharif Shaikh Ahmed be able to construct a vision of Sharia that is not “Taliban-style”?
Fresh from what seems to be a comprehensive victory in Mogadishu, the Islamic courts might seek to achieve what no other group has managed since 1991 – to conquer the whole country….
However, US-based Somali analyst Omar Jamal says the Islamic court could defeat government forces, if they so wished.
“If the Islamic leaders want, they could kick the government out of Baidoa very easily – not only on military grounds, but also on political grounds, the government is so weak, the Islamic extremists are far ahead in gaining the hearts and minds of the people,” he told the AP news agency….
Another possibility, just as bleak, would be that the US is so concerned that the Islamic courts were harbouring al-Qaeda elements that they hugely increased their support for whichever group promised to fight them.
This would only prolong the instability that most Somalis are desperate to put behind them.
The United States fighting against the forces of the global jihad: oh, we couldn’t have that.