24 August 2005
Dare we be optimistic?
We don't know what's going to happen to with or because of this constitution, which is still being hammered out. I am concerned with the Islamic-standard statement, but it also says that no law may contradict democratic standards. In any case, it is up to the people of Iraq, who will vote on the document in October. And they may well vote it down. We don't know what will happen in either contingency.
We do know, however, that this is the first time in their lives that Iraqis have been given a say in how their government will look. Indeed, it's the first time the citizens of any Arab nation have been given such an opportunity.
And I don't expect this document, once complete, to be the eighth wonder of the world; nobody gets everything right the first time. Our own constitution, which might legitimately be considered a model of how to do it right, has gone through more than a score of amendments, and there will undoubtedly be more as the years go by. We made it work, though; there's no reason to think that the Iraqi people, however divided they may seem, can't come up with something that will work for them.Posted at 1:20 PM to Political Science Fiction