jjl - 10/16/2005 10:58 AM
Botnst - 10/16/2005 4:02 AM
Have you ever read the constitution of any other Islam-dominated state? I haven't. I wonder how this one compares.
I haven't no, but I am now. First impressions of Turkey's constitution is that religion is explicitly limited in it's scope much more than is done in the Iraqi document.
Turkish Constitution :
Turkey is certainly a remarkable country. I think it offers the best hope of an example of an Islamic country developing into a liberal democracy without external impsoition. When did Attatruk do his thing? Nearly 100 years ago or so.
I guess the closest we have of a second country is Indonesia, but it is still very much in transition with all manner of problems unique to a giant archipelago and many different cultures.
Lebanon seems to dance with democracy every generation, then their own tribalism, influenced by external players, sends them back into anarchy.
Now Egypt seems on the verge of putting one toe into the dangerous water.
Algeria is returning to some measure of democracy having survided a hellishly bloody civil war.
Morocco is slowly moving to a hybrid monarchy-parliament, perhaps analogous to where Great Britain was 300 years ago.
Iran has some aspects of democracy in play but has that theocratic iron-fist ready to crush any movement toward modernity and actual self-rule by the people. They seem to either like it or tolerate it, though every spring the students get rebellious, as students are wont to do. Around here they go to the beach and get drunk. Over there they throw rocks at cops.
I haven't read any of their constitutions and you are right, a constitution is just wrapping paper for fish entrails unless the government and people take it seriously.
Will the people and government of Iraq take it seriously? I don't know. I think the odds, given the track record of Islamic countries, are against it but I sure hope they surpise me.