Saturday, July 30, 2005

The Iraqi Constitution

From Baptist Press comes an article, citing something called the United States Commission on International Freedom, saying that the recent draft of the Iraqi constitution fails to protect individual rights and religious liberty. What were the geniuses in the "Christian community" expecting? The US went to war on behalf of Shiite Muslims and has methodically helped to destroy the oldest Christian communities in the world. Did they suddenly think that PCA and SBC churches were going to take root?

I've discussed the foolishness at the heart of evangelical warmongering on other occasions, so let's just quickly note that warmongering liberals at The New Republic are also worried about the new constitution. The editors at TNR write, "Leaked drafts of the constitution call for the application of Islamic edicts, not civil law, in matters related to marriage, divorce, and inheritance. This will mean stripping many Iraqi women of rights that, ironically enough, they were afforded even under Saddam Hussein's brutal dictatorship."

Peter Beinart (whom Al Mohler has effusively, and with great silliness, praised) and company are hoping that James Madison will arise in Iraq like a Phoenix from the flame: "We recognize, of course, that the future of Iraq is now largely in Iraqi hands. And we hope that the Iraqis, in recognizing this, will exhibit the sort of statesmanship that has so frequently eluded the Middle East in the past." Wow, talk about delusional.

What does the new draft of the constitution say? Read it yourself. Here is an excerpt from Article 1:

"Any individual with another nationality (except for Israel) may obtain Iraqi nationality after a period of residency inside the borders of Iraq of not less than ten years for an Arab or twenty years for any other nationality.

"An Iraqi may have more than one nationality as long as the nationality is not Israeli."

And how 'bout this from Article 5:

"The Iraqi people are one people, unified by belief and the unity of the homeland and culture. Anything that exposes this unity to danger is forbidden."

"The state shall take responsibility for combating moral and behavioral depravity and encourage people and agencies to spread virtue, providing it help and support. The state shall ensure harmony between the duties of woman toward her family and her work in the society and equality with men in the fields of political, social, and economic life without conflicting with or disturbing the provisions of the Islamic shari'a."

And I see that we went to war to provide universal health care, according to Article 7:

"Iraqi citizens have the right to enjoy security and free health care. The Iraqi federal government and regional governments must provide it and expand the fields of prevention, treatment, and medication by the construction of various hospitals and health institutions".

Naturally, freedom of speech will be protected in Iraq under the new regime:

"There is no censorship on newspapers, printing, publishing, advertising, or media except by law."

Let freedom ring! Have we have vanquished evil yet?


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