The ever-perceptive Diana West reveals the sorry truth about SOFA dhimmis:
We’ve all heard about Couch Potatoes. Get ready for SOFA Dhimmis.
What is SOFA? The Status of Forces Agreement the United States has signed with Iraq providing the legal framework for our continued presence in Iraq.
And boy, is that a framework. Here’s a sample from this week’s column–not exactly holiday fare, but extremely timely given that this humiliating treaty kicks in January 1. In other words, next week.
And what did we agree to? From Article 4, Paragraph 3:
“It is the duty of the United States Forces to respect the laws, customs and traditions of Iraq….”
From the column:
What’s up with that? This is the neither the first nor the last time in this agreement that the “laws, customs and traditions” of Iraq are declared “the duty” of Americans in Iraq to “respect.” For example, Article 3 also declares: “While conducting military operations … it is the duty of members of the United States Forces and of the civilian component to respect Iraqi laws, customs, traditions, and conventions” and “it is the duty of the United States to take all necessary measures for this purpose.”
Has such a “duty” ever been written into a U.S. treaty with another country? Is it even constitutional? I doubt it. After all, the “duty” of United States Forces anywhere is to the U.S. Constitution alone, not to the laws of another country. Given that Iraq’s constitution above all enshrines Sharia (Islamic law), this would also seem to mean that it is now “the duty” of U.S. troops and other Americans in Iraq to “respect” Sharia as well.