Have our men and women fought and died in Iraq in order to establish another Sharia state in the Islamic world? Where are all the people who were crowing that “we won” not too long ago? Has the Administration’s unwillingness to face the facts about the origins and goals of the Islamic jihadists contributed to an atmosphere in which this outcome in Iraq is acceptable? An I told you so update from AP, with thanks to Looney Tunes:
BAGHDAD, Iraq – Framers of Iraq’s constitution will designate Islam as the main source of legislation – a departure from the model set down by U.S. authorities during the occupation – according to a draft published Tuesday.
The draft states no law will be approved that contradicts “the rules of Islam” – a requirement that could affect women’s rights and set Iraq on a course far different from the one envisioned when U.S.-led forces invaded in 2003 to topple Saddam Hussein.
“Islam is the official religion of the state and is the main source of legislation,” reads the draft published in the government newspaper Al-Sabah. “No law that contradicts with its rules can be
The document also grants the Shiite religious leadership in Najaf a “guiding role” in recognition of its “high national and religious symbolism.”
Al-Sabah noted, however, that there were unspecified differences among the committee on the Najaf portion. Those would presumably include Kurds, Sunni Arabs and secular Shiites on the 71-member committee.
During the U.S.-run occupation, which ended June 28, 2004, key Shiite and some Sunni politicians sought to have Islam designated the main source of legislation in the interim constitution, which took effect in March 2004.
However, the U.S. governor of Iraq, L. Paul Bremer, blocked the move,
agreeing only that Islam would be considered “a source” – but not the only one. At the time, prominent Shiite politicians agreed to forego a public battle with Bremer and pursue the issue during the drafting of the permanent constitution.
Some women’s groups fear strict interpretation of Islamic principles could erode their rights in such areas as divorce and inheritance. It could also move Iraq toward a more religiously based society than was envisioned by U.S. planners who hoped it would be a beacon of Western-style democracy in a region of one-party rule and theocratic regimes…