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Whence Libya

Recorded on August 22, 2011

From The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.

There's plenty of celebrating over the success of the rebels in Libya, and reason for concern about what will happen next.

Muammar Qadhafi was a tyrant--and right now his fate is unknown.

But equally unknown is what type of regime will replace him. A draft of a potential new constitution for Libya's transition contains a lot of promising language about liberty, at least until you get to the most important part:

That document says that the principal source of law for Libya must be Muslim Sharia law. Couple that with reports that Islamist extremists are a crucial part of the rebel alliance, and there's reason to worry that a new Libya could sponsor jihadist terrorism against the USA.

It's all premature , and this may not happen at all. But it's a good reason not to go overboard in celebrating Qadhafi's ouster.

From The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.