Thursday, June 30, 2005

Constitution update.

"Baha' Al-'Araji, a member of the constitution drafting committee told Al-Mada paper yesterday that there are going to be 5 spots in each Iraqi province where citizens can find designated boxes where they can put their opinions and suggestion as to the process of writing the constitution.
Only Baghdad will be an exception due to its high population so there will be 5 spots in each main quarter in the capital.

One million "suggestion forms" are planned to be distributed nationwide soon and there will be specialized teams to read, sort the received forms and prepare summaries that will eventually be submitted periodically to the main committee.
He also mentioned-according to the paper-that the committee has already purchased air time on satellite channels and columns space on papers (ten in total) to publish/broadcast materials of value to constitutional education to help people get a better understanding of the process."
I sure am glad that they are planing a educational campaign, I cant wait to see what the new constitution is going to look like. I agree that overly vague language about Islamic principles should not be added.

The last post in the constitution series


Blogger Brian H said...

Neither should specific language. There should be no language referencing Islam or religion at all. Priests do not need secular power to do their jobs.

2:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well Tom, isn't that nice, to invite the good citizens of Iraq to put forwards their ideas of what they'd like to see in THEIR constitution ??
However, let's face it, IT DOESN'T MEAN A THING.
I've personaly down this road myself, so called deliberating committees, all this bullshit asking what you think and for your contribution ect, add nausieum, when the whole bloody time the thing has been a closed shop, decisions made and cast in stone, and said meetings garnering input were merely window dressing to pacify the serfs and to patronise them into thinking they have a say in events at all.
That's what I think of all this, you heard it first from me Today.
Now stand back and wait, see if I'm wrong.

7:47 AM  
Blogger madtom said...

Hi Brian,

Believe it or not that's why I think it's important for the Sunnies to come to the table, and participate in the referendum to ratify. Hopefully they can put some of their differences aside and form an strong block with the Kurds and other moderate voices to limit the power of religion in the new system. I think we should also warn the new government that we expect a democracy. And that we will reject, violently if necessary any attempt to reinstall a dictatorship, religious or otherwise.
Everything should be on the table except another dictatorship. I hope we have made that clear.

9:07 AM  
Blogger madtom said...

Hi Anonymous,

You sound familiar, have we met?

Having some public input is important, give people a felling that they have a voice, and that their voice is being heard. It's not a panacea. It will also serve to get an idea of where the interested people stand on specific subjects. The most interested parties are more likely to participate in a voluntary poll where you have to put in the effort to fill out a questionnaire or write in a letter with your ideas.

Well I think your wrong from the get go, as the serfs will have an opportunity to ratify anything that come out of the committee. And to that end it is important to educate the public with exactly what the thing actually says. As you probably know better than me, there will be a massive misinformation campaign by the enemies of freedom and democracy to convince the public that the constitution is flawed and not in line with the will of god, that they of course carry in their pockets.
So taking the initiative now may have some beneficial effects in the end.

I unlike you am giving the Iraqi public the benefit of the doubt, I do believe that with enough information in hand they are willing and able to make good decisions about their own lives and futures.
We will see.

9:33 AM  

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