Tuesday, August 23, 2005

The Women of Iraq Thank Mr G.W. Bush and the US Government (not)

Extracts from the text of the proposed Iraq Constitution :

Islam is a main source for legislation. No comment.
No law may contradict Islamic standards. I'm sure this has women all over Iraq rejoicing and thanking the US governement for stripping them of their rights and freedoms.
No law may contradict democratic standards. And just how do you reconcile this with the above line, pretty please? I'm sure it's going to entertain judges and lawyers and provide them with endless judicial battles...that only the wealthy and powerful will be able to afford. Meaning all the people who'll need the protection of the constitution will be barred from it.
No law may contradict the essential rights and freedoms mentioned in this constitution. Yeah. Same comment as above.

(...) Iraqis are free to abide in their personal lives according to their religion, sects, beliefs or choice. This should be organized by law.
I'm an agnosticist. Tell me, what is the law applying to me?
Oh, and a law to orgnaize all this. Yeah, sure. Piece of cake. And, by any chance, will women, even those of the poorest regions, be allowed to declare themselves other than enthusiastic followers of the most backward sects of Islam and survive?

Okay, I think there's no need to read this proposed constitution any further. But if you want to read what real US journalists have to say about this, you can find it here.

Thank you, Mr. Bush, you have effectively stripped the women of Iraq of what rights and freedoms they enjoyed, and you have given them the charming prospect of lives much harder and painful than under Saddam Hussein.

I'm sure they'll remember this and you with love.

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