Monday, August 22, 2005

So almost 2 thousand Americans have died to create another Iran? You know, I'm pretty sure we don't like Iran.

So, we've sold the Iraqi women up the river in order to manuever ourselves into a better political position. What a fucking surprise.

The Guardian:

The United States has eased its opposition to an Islamic Iraqi state to help clinch a deal on a draft constitution before tonight's deadline.

American diplomats backed religious conservatives who threatened to torpedo talks over the shape of the new Iraq unless Islam was a primary source of law. Secular and liberal groups were dismayed at the move, branding it a betrayal of Washington's promise to advocate equal rights in a free and tolerant society.

If approved, critics say that the proposals would erode women's rights and other freedoms enshrined under existing laws. "We understand the Americans have sided with the Shias. It's shocking. It doesn't fit with American values," an unnamed Kurdish negotiator told Reuters. "They have spent so much blood and money here, only to back the creation of an Islamist state."

Dozens of women gathered in central Baghdad yesterday to protest against what the organiser, Yanar Mohammad, feared would be a "fascist, nationalist and Islamist" constitution. "We are fighting to avoid becoming second class citizens," she said.

The US embassy declined to discuss the negotiations but a state department official in Washington told the New York Times that the draft document should be judged in its entirety.

"In its entirety." Uh-oh. Washington code for we don't give a good goddamn who gets fucked as long as we got us a piece of paper with some signatures on it. You may remember this bit of DC doublespeak from the battles over the Patriot Act and the 87 billion dollar bill that funded this war.

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