Tuesday, August 23, 2005

What We’re Fighting For

From the text of the proposed Iraqi constitution:

Article Two

The political system is republican, parliamentary, democratic and federal.

1. Islam is a main source for legislation.

— a. No law may contradict Islamic standards.

— b. No law may contradict democratic standards.

— c. No law may contradict the essential rights and freedoms mentioned in this constitution.

From the text of the constitution of Iran:

Article 4

All civil, penal financial, economic, administrative, cultural, military, political, and other laws and regulations must be based on Islamic criteria. This principle applies absolutely and generally to all articles of the Constitution as well as to all other laws and regulations, and the fuqaha’ of the Guardian Council are judges in this matter.

Well, the president did say going in that he wanted the Iraqis to decide for themselves what kind of country they would have. Chances are, though, I don’t think he was betting on Iran 2.0.