Thursday, August 25, 2005

Blueprint for Civil war?

Iraqi Draft Constitution 25 page .pdf

We the sons of Mesopotamia, land of the prophets, resting place of the holy imams, the leaders of civilization and the creators of the alphabet, the cradle
of arithmetic: on our land, the first law put in place by mankind was written; in
our nation, the most noble era of justice in the politics of nations was laid
down; on our soil, the followers of the prophet and the saints prayed, the
philosophers and the scientists theorised and the writers and poets created.

Recognizing God's right upon us; obeying the call of our nation and our
citizens; responding to the call of our religious and national leaders and the
insistence of our great religious authorities and our leaders and our reformers,
we went by the millions for the first time in our history to the ballot box, men
and women, young and old, on January 30 2005, remembering the pains of
the despotic band's sectarian oppression of the majority; inspired by the
suffering of Iraq’s martyrs - Sunni and Shiite, Arab, Kurd and Turkomen, and
the remaining brethren in all communities - inspired by the injustice against
the holy cities in the popular uprising and against the marshes and other
places; recalling the agonies of the national oppression in the massacres of
Halabja, Barzan, Anfal and against the Faili Kurds; inspired by the tragedies
of the Turkomen in Bashir and the suffering of the people of the western
region, whom the terrorists and their allies sought to take hostage and prevent
from participating in the elections and the establishment of a society of peace
and brotherhood and cooperation so we can create a new Iraq, Iraq of the
future, without sectarianism, racial strife, regionalism, discrimination or

Terrorism and “takfir” (declaring someone an infidel) did not divert us from
moving forward to build a nation of law. Sectarianism and racism did not stop
us from marching together to strengthen our national unity, set ways to
peacefully transfer power, adopt a manner to fairly distribute wealth and give
equal opportunity to all.

We the people of Iraq, newly arisen from our disasters and looking with
confidence to the future through a democratic, federal, republican system, are
determined - men and women, old and young - to respect the rule of law,
reject the policy of aggression, pay attention to women and their rights, the
elderly and their cares, the children and their affairs, spread the culture of
diversity and defuse terrorism.

We are the people of Iraq, who in all our forms and groupings undertake to
establish our union freely and by choice, to learn yesterday's lessons for
tomorrow, and to write down this permanent constitution from the high values
and ideals of the heavenly messages and the developments of science and
human civilization, and to adhere to this constitution, which shall preserve for
Iraq its free union of people, land and sovereignty.