Tuesday, June 03, 2008

No Booze In Basra or America Making Iraq Safe For Sharia Law

Basano nº0 El Loco - J.Becerr art Serie 1089 Tarot

As Diana West aptly tells us: U.S. forces should not ordinarily be engaged in nation-building -- sorry, nation-stabilizing -- nor should they ever be engaged in Sharia-nation-stabilizing, which is my core problem with our overall strategy in constitutionally Sharia-supreme Iraq...

And she is absolutely right. It is not the role of the U.S. military to make the world safe for Sharia law, rather to safeguard the world from the effects of Islamic Supremacism, discrimination, and restrictions of freedoms that result from the application of Sharia Law.

The Iraqi Constitution is sadly infected with two great dollops of Islam that countermand democratic applications of the laws contained within the Constitution. Without a separation of Mosque and State, Iraq will never truly be democratic, at least in the Western sense of how we perceive democracy.

Sharia Law, which has been incorporated in to the Iraqi Constitution is antithetical to our Western concept of Democracy, or more accurately a Representational Republic style of government, where minority rights are protected, and you have true freedom of the press (no true freedom of the press when you can’t blaspheme Mohammed or the Quran), freedom of speech, and other rights of Civil Liberty guaranteed (the loss of which accompanies the implementation of Sharia law).

While the Iraqi Constitution contains western style guarantees of freedom:
  1. No law that contradicts the principles of democracy may be established.
  2. No law that contradicts the rights and basic freedoms stipulated in this constitution may be established.

They have/are/will be abrogated and superceded by what is contained within Article 2 of the Constitution:
  1. First: Islam is the official religion of the State and it is a fundamental source of legislation:
  2. A. No law that contradicts the established provisions of Islam may be established.
In Afghanistan, with its similarly styled Sharia Law constitution and Western style guarantees of freedom, abrogation of those freedoms has already occurred in the case of Muslim apostate Abdul Rahman, who was forced to flee the country for Italy after converting to Christianity and facing the death penalty for doing so.

The fact that, as Diana West notes, Afghanistan's constitution's preamble talks up the United Nation's Universal Declaration of Human Rights, whose Article 18 guarantees freedom of conscience; and yes, Article 2 in the Afghan constitution guarantees limited freedom for non-Muslim-born Afghans, meant nothing. Both were superseded by Article 3 in the Afghanistan constitution: "no law can be contrary to the beliefs and provisions of the sacred religion of Islam."

Sharia law trumped Western style democracy.

In Basra, Iraq meanwhile, the Shia revivalists have already enacted a ban on alcohol: The provincial Basra Council has approved a new law enforcing the ban in the territory after several bars reopened in Basra following the insertion of government forces in to city.

The local administration applied the change under Article 2 of the Iraqi constitution that includes the application of Sharia law.

You would think the stench of actions undertaken by the militias enforcing Sharia Law in Basra would have persuaded the local administration to ease up a bit and allow the citizens of the town to have some personal liberty and fun. But fun, has not been on the menu for the Shia revivalists, who quite rightly saw themselves operating under Sharia law, quite guaranteed by the Iraqi constitution:

The man, blindfolded and handcuffed, crouches in the corner of the detention center while an Iraqi soldier grills him about rampant crimes being carried out by gangs in the southern city of Basra.

"How many girls did you kill and rape?" the soldier asks[...]

CNN was shown what authorities say was his first confession. On it are the names of 15 girls whom he admitted kidnapping, raping and killing. The youngest girl on the list was just 9 years old. [...]

Women bore the brunt of the militias' extremist ideologies. The militants spray-painted threats on walls across Basra, warning women to wear headscarves and not to wear make-up. Women were sometimes executed for the vague charge of doing something "un-Islamic."

Until Islam and the application of Sharia Law is purged from the Constitution, and it is rendered secular, don't expect true democracy in Iraq. And the American taxpayer has every reason to ask, why are we funding a Sharia state?

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