Freedom wears a burqa
Digby, responding to the news that "Islam will be 'the main source' of Iraq's law" which will "sit uneasily with U.S. insistence on the primacy of democracy and human rights in the new Iraq," has harsh words for the hawks:
Well, we're not really talking about human rights now are we? We're talking about women's rights, which are always negotiable.More information about the state of women's rights (or lack thereof) in post-invasion Iraq can be found here. The gist of the role of Islam in the new constitution: "Parliament would not be able to pass legislation that contradicted the principles of Islam, several negotiators told Reuters. One Shi'ite official said that a constitutional court would decide whether laws conformed to Islamic faith."
...Iraqi women's lives have already become demonstrably less free. This will codify it. And tough shit if you're gay or secular or different in any way. Some fucking freedom.
I hope that everyone makes it their business to remind every Republican asshole they know that it wasn't the liberals who turned Iraq into a theocracy. This is happening on their watch, under their auspices. We don't believe in theocracy. They do. They do not believe in freedom. We do.
I am now officially an isolationsist. Not because I don't think that Americans should spend its blood and treasure on foreigners. It's because I don't think the world can take much more of our "freedom and democracy."
... The Kenosha Kid quotes a 'a secular Kurdish politician': "It's shocking. It doesn't fit American values. They have spent so much blood and money here, only to back the creation of an Islamist state ... I can't believe that's what the Americans really want or what the American people want."
From Body and Soul: "the idea that Americans in Iraq aren't just giving up on women's rights, but actively participating in the elimination of those rights is stunning. The only thing worse than Americans thinking they can control other people is an American ambassador encouraging the abuse of more than half the people in the country."
Billmon: "I predicted a few days ago that the American proconsul in Baghdad would soon find it expedient to throw President Bush's high-flown promises to the women of Iraq off the constitutional train ... that moment now seems to have arrived..."