They want to make Syria a Sharia state, which means no alcohol or tobacco, or “immoral” movies and TV shows. No one seems to be offering any other vision of Sharia, despite claims in the West that it is so multifarious as to defy easy characterization.
“Jabhat Al Nusra’s new Syria,” by Balint Szlanko for The National, December 15
Jabhat Al Nusra has emerged this year as the most powerful and high-profile Salafist group in the Syrian conflict, openly embracing suicide bombing as an important weapon against a technologically superior enemy. It has claimed several successful attacks, many of which have killed civilians, on major government targets such as the Damascus headquarters of the elite air force intelligence service….
Sitting in an unheated room furnished with only a carpet and a few pillows, Abu Ahmed described a new Syria, where alcohol and tobacco would be banned.
“These rules will be introduced gradually. We will advise people at first,” he said when this journalist pointed out that enforcing such a law would be difficult in a country where smoking is so widespread.
…But he also expressed sympathy with Al Qaeda.
“I like them because they are mujaheddin who want to apply Sharia,” he said.