Updated: 10:02 a.m. ET Aug. 28, 2005
BAGHDAD, Iraq - Iraqi negotiators finished the country’s new constitution Sunday without the endorsement of Sunni Arabs who helped prepare it, dealing a blow to the Bush administration and setting the stage for a bitter campaign leading up to an October referendum.
After two months of talks, negotiators for the Shiite-Kurd bloc and the Sunnis remain divided over fundamental issues that include:
-Whether Iraq should be turned into a federal state or decentralized by granting more power to provincial authorities;
-How the country’s oil wealth will be divided;
-Whether Baath Party members should be purged from government; and
-Whether Iraq will be considered an Arab or Islamic nation.
Meanwhile, back at the ranch...
Bush hailed the draft as a great success and dismissed the Sunni objections (Sunni's represent 20% of the country) as "as the opinion of a few" and that the Sunni objections "won’t derail a transition to democracy."
GOI: Yeah, now that we've rolled over 20% of the Iraqi people we can make way for "true democracy." Just because they have reasonable demands doesn't mean that "democracy" shouldn't keep pushing ahead doest it?? After all, "freedom's on the march" isn't it?? (rolls eyes). Yeah, on the march right over the backs of 20% of the Iraqi population!
Snubbing the Sunni Iraqi's is not a good step toward unification of a strong Iraq. They should have debated as long as it took to get a concensus rather then send the draft constitution to the public without the approval of Sunni negotiators.
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