Date registered: Sep 2004
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The Iraq Constitution is riddled with flaws. It recognizes Islam as the 'supreme law of the State'. Whose Islam is not mentioned - Shiite Islam? Sunni Islam? What about the Christians and B'hais who live in Iraq? Or the Salifists? Or the Wahhabists? Can Muslim Sharia courts overrule civilian courts, if Islam is supreme? Moqtar al-Sadr thinks so, that is how he has set up government in the half of Iraq he controls.
It also has exceptions written for the Kurds to the point they are simply not much more than part of Iraq in name only. The Sunnis and the Shiites have to agree on everything, or it does not become law. The whole thing is a cluster fuck, with the principles of equality before the law, separation of chuch and state, freedom of religion, outlawing of politcal parties, all of it obscure and ridiculous. It insures constant squabbling and revolt. In America, we did not even have a stable democracy until the issue of equality before the law was finally settled in 1865, and we expect the Iraqis to have a stable government in the middle of a war, without it. England did not have a stable government, and we probably would not have either, until the questions of freedom of religion and separtion of church and state were settled. It took hundreds of years for our societies to work out these issues. The kind of thinking that went into the war in Iraq has been, from an intellectual standpoint, childish, naive and just plain stupid.
Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.
-President Barack Obama, 1st Inaugural address
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