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Sunday, August 21, 2005

Burka Gets It Just About Right, and Bush Gets It Wrong!

Tom Burka, over at “Opinions You Should Have,” puts in his Two Cents regarding the Iraqi Constitution, and he shows his usual grip on reality. And this was posted before the latest debacle.

Here it is folks, and don’t laugh too hard as you will have to sober up quickly:

August 15, 2005

Iraq's First Constitutional Crisis Involves Possible Lack Of Constitution

Iran Offers To Write Iraqi Constitution "Just To Help Out"

Iraqis faced their first, and perhaps direst, constitutional crisis today because, by midnight tonight, they may not have a constitution around which to have a crisis. Members of the provisional government are in heated negotiations to agree on the final provisions of a constitution, but still differ on some minor points, such as: who will govern, what states will exist, the rights of citizens, whether Kurds should be considered as whey, what the role of religion in government should be, who gets the oil rights, and whether women can be bought like furniture.

Iraqi leaders said they were "making great progress" on the constitution and that existing napkins held many details of the final document. Nonetheless, in order to make the deadline, they are considering ignoring the demands of many of the country's factions, including those of the Sunnis, Shiites, Kurds, Shards, Nerds and Tribbles. "It is essential that we have a constitution of some kind by the end of today, even if it plunges the country into a state of never-ending civil war," said one Iraqi leader.

Iran has offered to provide the Iraqis with a constitution that is "perfectly indifferent" to the desires of the Iranian government, according to the Iranian government. "We want nothing for the Iraqis but their complete and utter happiness," said Iranian government member Mohammed Awari. "Is that the word? Or did I mean subjugation?"

Contrast that with the “actual” news as reported in the Washington Post today and it is clear that Iran IS winning the WAR in Iraq. Which form of democracy is exactly consistent with Islamic Law, Mr. Bush?

The working draft of the constitution stipulates that no law can contradict Islamic principles. In talks with Shiite religious parties, Kurdish negotiators said they have pressed unsuccessfully to limit the definition of Islamic law to principles agreed upon by all groups. The Kurds said current language in the draft would subject Iraqis to extreme interpretations of Islamic law.

Kurds also contend that provisions in the draft would allow Islamic clerics to serve on the high court, which would interpret the constitution. That would potentially subject marriage, divorce, inheritance and other civil matters to religious law and could harm women's rights, according to the Kurdish negotiators and some women's groups.

Perhaps the U.S. Government and American Taxpayers will fund the airlift of all women and minorities, religious, ethnic and otherwise, out of The Islamist Republic of Iraq. That would at least be a little more consistent with spreading “Freedom and Democracy” in the Middle East.


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