On February 18th, CNN reported:
Pakistani government officials announced Monday an agreement with the Taliban to allow strict Islamic law, or sharia, to be implemented in parts of North West Frontier Province. It marks a major concession by the Pakistani government in its attempt to hold off Taliban militants who have terrorized the region with beheadings, kidnappings, and the destruction of girls' schools...Sharia is defined as Islamic law but is interpreted with wide differences depending on the various sects of both Sunni and Shia Islam. So far, the Pakistani Taliban's interpretation of sharia has included banning girls from school, forcing women inside and outlawing forms of entertainment.
Today, CNN reports: Somali President Sharif Sheikh Hassan said Saturday he will give in to a rebel demand that he impose Islamic law, or Sharia, in the African country — an effort to halt fighting between Somali forces and Islamic insurgents. However, Hassan told a news conference he won’t agree to a strict interpretation of the law, which forbids girls from attending school, requires veils for women and beards for men, and bans music and television.Meanwhile, on February 9th, the Daily Express reported that Sharia laws are being applied in secret in Muslim communities throughout Great Britain, "in clear defiance of the country's legal system." The Daily Express reports:
Islamic scholars sit in mosques, converted living rooms and even a former pub to issue fatwas, or rulings, and adds that they have decided thousands of cases over the last 25 years.
This fresh development assumes significance in the wake of the condemnation of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams, statement calling for an “accommodation” of some Islamic legal codes within the British legal system.
Islamic Fundamentalist Terrorists have effectively waged war for their value system and way of "life" (if you call living under Sharia law a life) from within and from without - via war, terrorism, kidnapping, rape, violence, etc. to force governments to bow to their will, and from within by infiltrating communities and demanding the right to set up their own court systems within the sovernity of other countries - the equivalent in the U.S. of a state like Texas being allowed to completely disregard Federal law in favor of their own home-grown version of justice, but still consider themselves a part of the United States.