MOGADISHU, Feb 19 (Reuters) – Somali religious leaders have given the new government 120 days to declare that the Horn of Africa country will be ruled according to Islamic law, a cleric said on Thursday.
A meeting of more than 100 mainly moderate clerics in the battle scarred capital also said African Union (AU) troops in Mogadishu should be withdrawn by the same deadline and no other foreign troops brought in.
It was not clear what actions they would take if the deadlines were not met.
Let’s see: a) protesting and demonstrating; b) boycotting; c) jihad fi sabil Allah — reinforced by American-Somalis. Take a wild guess.
Somalia’s new president, Sheikh Sharif Ahmed, faces the herculean task of bringing peace to Somalia for the first time in 18 years after being elected by parliament last month.
The main threat to stability comes from al Shabaab, which is on Washington’s list of foreign terrorists. The hardline Islamists and allied groups control much of southern and central Somalia and want to impose their strict version of Islamic law.
Diplomats in the region hope that Ahmed, Somalia’s first Islamist president, will be able to bring moderate Islamists on board and marginalise al Shabaab, which is known to have foreign fighters within its ranks…
Take heed: along with “moderate Muslims,” we now apparently have “moderate Islamists,” even though the word “Islamist” itself defies all moderation, and was supposed to denote the antithesis of the “moderate Muslim.” Another oxymoron courtesy of dhimmified diplomatic jargon.