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July 26, 2005

Not Just NO...

...but F@CK NO!

Iraq constitution may erode women's rights
Draft proposal would limit rights in marriage, divorce and inheritance

BAGHDAD, Iraq - A part of Iraq's draft constitution obtained by The Associated Press gives Islam a major role in Iraqi civil law, raising concerns that women could lose rights in marriage, divorce and inheritance...

...Most worrying for women's groups has been the section on civil rights, which some believe would significantly roll back women's rights under a 1959 civil law enacted by a secular regime...

Somebody needs to nip that sh$t in the bud right NOW. And I wanna hear all my feminist, Hillary idolizing sisters' voices raised against this. Like now, NOW.

Posted by tree hugging sister at July 26, 2005 03:00 PM


Oh, you will hear their voices, Ms. Sister. This will be grandly touted as a failure of the administration to suffiently interfere in a process that they never should have started in the first place. "We don't have the right to tell them what to do, and they're failure to do it our way just proves we were wrong not to tell them!" And while we try to figure out that tormented logic, the media shall make it Conventional Wisdom.

It's simply not in the national interested to enshrine portions of a code of law that has proved inimical to human rights in general and our safety in particular. Neither of those things will get much play, I fear.

Posted by: Nightfly at July 26, 2005 04:42 PM

PS - yes, there should be no "they're" there. I recast the sentence but didn't switch my homonym. I need a nap.

Posted by: Nightfly at July 26, 2005 04:43 PM

So, we got rid of the shackles of a secular dictator only to see them put women in the shackles of religious orthodoxy?

Not that it's us who's doing it, mind you. Were we to interfere in the writing of their constitution, we would no doubt be accused of imperialism.

Posted by: Bill McCabe at July 26, 2005 04:46 PM

Didn't we leave some sort of fail safe in turning over the reins? I know there were certain conditions which the Iraqis agreed to, and one of them was the equal treatment of and inclusion of women.

Posted by: tree hugging sister at July 27, 2005 02:42 PM