Friday, October 14, 2005

The Iraqi Constitution Vote


GOI: I don't quite know what to think about this constitution vote this weekend. I have great hopes for Iraq and desperately want them to succeed. None the less though, I am leary of the constitution itself as it seems to be biased against the Sunni population. I expect it to pass, however.

Hopefully after it passes they will change some things around via amendments to prevent the on-going fracturing of Iraq.

Even if the constitution is passed though I do not think it is going to change much in Iraq. Especially in regards to the violence. Unfortunately the violence is here to stay for a long, long time.

"The fight will continue against the Americans, whether we vote yes or no," said Ahmed Mishhin, a 26-year-old physician from Ishaqi, a restive Sunni Arab town near Balad. His colleague, Sami Hassoun Ali, interrupted. "The constitution will only be ink on paper," he said.

GOI: It also appears that women's right will be worse. Not exactly a good thing in trying to establish a democracy. Especially when women's right's appeared to be better under Saddam.

From the BBC:

Under Saddam Hussein, Iraq had some of the most secular legislation in the region. (GOI: How ironic).

But all that could change, with hardline Shia members of the national assembly pushing for the country to be named the Islamic Republic of Iraq.

This from the Christian Science Monitor:

By Isobel Coleman and Mehlaqa Samdani

WASHINGTON – Whether or not the Iraqi constitution passes on Oct. 15, one thing is clear: Iraq will continue to be dominated by religiously motivated, well-organized Shiite political parties, determined to implement Islamic law and enforce social conservatism throughout society.

In this environment, it is inevitable that many rights taken for granted by Iraqi women will come under increasing challenge.

(GOI: We shall see how it all unfolds I guess).

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2 comments:

crimnos said...

I'm actually pretty upset about this vote...it seems like the constitution is a huge backslide from the Saddam days. How can they have been pushed back from those days? I mean, I respect the right to choose their own destiny, but it seems like the vote is already somewhat rigged, and taking away rights from women is always deplorable.

Ultimately, if anything changes, I think it will be for the worse, not the better.

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