Will all the Sharia supremacists be gone from Iraq by the end of 2011? Of course not. The Iraqi Constitution already stipulates that no law can be made that contradicts Sharia — a stipulation that Donald Rumsfeld long ago declared would not go into the document.
In any case, this ensures that both before and after 2011, the status of women and religious minorities will continue to erode, and whether the Sunnis or the Shia ultimately win out in Iraq, or come to some kind of accord (however improbable that may be in the long term), the country will increasingly become a Sharia state.
“Iraq, US agree no foreign troops after 2011,” from AFP, August 25 :
BAGHDAD – Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki on Monday said Washington and Baghdad have agreed that there will be no foreign forces in the war-torn country after 2011.
“There is an agreement between the two sides that there will be no foreign soldiers in Iraq after 2011,” Maliki said in a statement issued by his office.
Washington and Baghdad have for months been negotiating a controversial military security pact to decide the future of US-led foreign troops in Iraq once a UN mandate expires in December.
On Friday, the chief Iraqi negotiatior Mohammed al-Haj Hammoud told AFP that the security pact had been finalised by both the sides and already approved by US President George W. Bush.
He said that under the 27-point deal all American combat troops will be withdrawn from Iraqi cities by next June ahead of a complete withdrawal by 2011….