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As I was saying before I had to cut the last post short for work-related reasons. My favorite part of the new Iraqi constitution: bq. All Iraqis are equal in their rights without regard to gender, sect, opinion, belief, nationality, religion, or origin, and they are equal before the law. Discrimination against an Iraqi citizen on the basis of his gender, nationality, religion, or origin is prohibited. Everyone has the right to life, liberty, and the security of his person. No one may be deprived of his life or liberty, except in accordance with legal procedures. All are equal before the courts. That is a beautiful thing. It's something most Iraqi citizens probably never thought they would read as applying to them. This is not a quagmire. This is progress. Incredible progress. Yes, there is still a long way to go, but what a beginning. Keep reading.
More from the constitution: (
A) Public and private freedoms shall be protected. (B) The right of free expression shall be protected. (C) The right of free peaceable assembly and the right to join associations freely, as well as the right to form and join unions and political parties freely, in accordance with the law, shall be guaranteed. (D) Each Iraqi has the right of free movement in all parts of Iraq and the right to travel abroad and return freely. (E) Each Iraqi has the right to demonstrate and strike peaceably in accordance with the law. (F) Each Iraqi has the right to freedom of thought, conscience, and religious belief and practice. Coercion in such matters shall be prohibited. (G) Slavery, the slave trade, forced labor, and involuntary servitude with or without pay, shall be forbidden. (H) Each Iraqi has the right to privacy. Article 14. The individual has the right to security, education, health care, and social security. The Iraqi State and its governmental units, including the federal government, the regions, governorates, municipalities, and local administrations, within the limits of their resources and with due regard to other vital needs, shall strive to provide prosperity and employment opportunities to the people.
There will be no Sharia law. There will be no dictatorship, no tortures, no oppression. This is the closest the citizens of Iraq have ever been to freedom. Rejoice for them, even if just for a moment. Even if you still think the war was wrong, please admit to me that this consitution, this moment in history is a good thing.


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You know as well as I do that invading Iraq was all about the oil. This whole "constitution" sham is just an election year PR stunt by Bush. He should be ashamed of himself for exploiting all those poor Iraqis, inflicting freedom and liberty and legal protections on them for his own political gain. Disgusting.

"The individual has the right to security, education, health care, and social security."


Hell, it would settle a few things in the US if we had:

(H) Each - American - has the right to privacy

It is inferred in a few of our amendments and believed to be referenced in #9, but it would be nice if it had been stated outright.

Of course, in the late 1770's, how much more privacy did you need ? There wasn't much "information" to go around, and copying of that information was manual and tedious. There were no cars or airplanes for quick travel, and there certainly were no phones or internet service.

230 years ago privacy was unquestioned. Today, eh, it would be nice if it were stated outright.

On first read, that sounds pretty substancial, squirrel. But upon further reflection, it's not that much different than what we have here in the states. It doesn't define what level of education and health care citizens have a right to. Here, you're entitled to public education through grade 12, and hospitals generally can't turn you away for lack of funds in an emergency. As for security, and social security, we get those things.

Of course, if the Iraqi people want their government to provide higher levels of education and healthcare, they've probably got the resources under the sand to do that. Well, at least until Cheney and the boys at Enron steal it all. Muhuhuahhahahahah!!!!


It could have been written better.

Sandy, it states in the preamble that everything applies to both genders. - Eric.

If use of the word "his" instead of "their" or "his or her" is the worst thing we can say about it, then I'd say things are on the right track for the Iraqis. They can always go in and make minor wording changes later.

From Article 1:

(B) Gender-specific language shall apply equally to male and female.

It sounds like a very good document, and there is a reasonable chance this thing could have a relatively happy ending in spite of our mistakes.
Even in a best-case scenario, though, I suspect Iraq will end up being a long-term peace-keeping operation similar to the Balkans...


(not to be confused with "Yeeeeaaarrrggggghhhh")

BTW, Sandy P. I'm sure this is a translation from Arabic. Blame the wierdness on the tranlator.

Whee! I'm very happy for the Iraqis. I just hope they can keep the freedom dearly bought -- and I hope we'll (continue to) do what we can to help.

Dave, the only thing is that we don't actually have a RIGHT to those things prescribed in our Constitution. They do. Ours are post-constitutional matters, mostly legislative, theirs is in their Constitution.

Now, seeing that they have a ton of oil revenue, maybe that won't be a problem....especially since they haven't gotten around to amassing the 3 billion lawyers who will eventually decide that those words mean "everybody has every damn thing they want provided by the government".....yet.

Don't get me wrong, I'm damn glad they've got the substantive things right in the first place. Without the other rights described, what I pettily criticize wouldn't amount to a hill of beans.

Good start!

I hope the GC doesn’t adopt the Hamid Karzai approach to gender equality.

What about equal rights without regard to sexual orientation? Aren't there are gay Iraqi's too?

For crying out loud, the Iraqi constitution isn't in English, is it? I'm talking the official document, not a draft copy...

In which case the whole "his" argument is really silly.

What about equal rights without regard to sexual orientation? Aren't there are gay Iraqi's too?

Boy, you don't ask for much, do you? I can hear it all now: "This sham constitution is a failure because it doesn't give equal rights to gays and transgendered persons and those who are differently abled and a partridge in a pear tree!"
Let's start with the major improvement that is is no longer legal to KILL THEM for being gay and work from there, okay? This was until very recently an Islamic dictatorship.
Somehow I think gays will be better off now.
Just because you can imagine perfection doesn't mean it's reasonable to demand it.

And weirdly, it's still more than we have in the US Constitutioon, judicical (and correct) interpretations excepted.

Leave it to cynics to turn what was a well intentioned passage by Michele into a political quagmire. Sometimes I find it amazing that Americans do not engage in political violence, the passion and vitriol is so deep in many parts of our culture any more. The free media in the US (O'Reilly refers to it as the elite media) help cultivate this cynicism and anger.

I choose to believe what I feel was Michelle's original intent, that signing of the interim constitution is indeed a positive step and not bash parts of it because of the never-ending war debate. This debate will not end until at least after the US election, even though Iraq will be mostly self-governing by then. Only cynical Americans can turn what should have been seen by all accounts as a positive development in the Middle East and turn it into a portrayal in the worst possible light. I am not one of these naysayers and I will not join in this bashing rhetoric. I am sure glad I do not have this gloomy outlook on things. I have all the admiration in the world for our military doing a very difficult job there. All they ask for is support of the American people. They at least have my support and I hope many others share that as well. I know W does.

"It could have been written better."

Remember this is a translation of the original Arabic (or whatever).