Now, remember: you can’t suppose that of these tenets of Sharia that keep being enforced in locations far removed from one another actually have anything to do with Sharia. They only happen in extreme cases, you see, or under “extreme interpretations” of Sharia. You’re not supposed to notice that wherever there is a resurgence of Sharia, there is a resurgence of intolerance, harassment, and approval of brutality. “Qaeda lashes four Yemenis for drinking alcohol,” from Agence France-Presse, February 28:
ADEN: Al Qaeda terrorists in Yemen gave four people 80 lashes each for drinking alcohol, in the presence of dozens of witnesses summoned to watch a show of summary justice.
The punishment was administered late on Sunday in the town of Jaar in Abyan province, a major al Qaeda stronghold in the restive south, witnesses said. Since May, al Qaeda terrorists calling themselves Partisans of Sharia (Islamic law) have taken control of several towns in Abyan.
The army, backed by US drones, has since been locked in battle with the extremists over the control of Abyan’s provincial capital Zinjibar. The militants have enforced their own strict interpretation of Islamic justice, handing out lashes and severing the hands of people they accuse of stealing.