Iraq: The Islamic State

Sounds like it could be. I just hope it’s not true. Reuters is reporting that U.S. diplomats have basically just said screw it and are allowing Islam to be “the” religion of Iraq. This can’t be a good idea, Islam is basically what we’re at war with here. How they could just allow this is beyond me.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – U.S. diplomats have conceded ground to Islamists on the role of religion in Iraq, negotiators said on Saturday as they raced to meet a 48-hour deadline to draft a constitution under intense U.S. pressure.

U.S. diplomats, who have insisted the constitution must enshrine ideals of equal rights and democracy, declined comment.

Shi’ite, Sunni and Kurdish negotiators all said there was accord on a bigger role for Islamic law than Iraq had before.

But a secular Kurdish politician said Kurds opposed making Islam “the,” not “a,” main source of law — changing current wording — and subjecting all legislation to a religious test.

It doesn’t really suprise me. They’ve got what, three major ethnic groups in Iraq? All fighting for control certain areas of Iraq. It’s just not gonna work. If I had a say, I’d tell them flat out they cannot have a government built around a specific religion. I don’t think they should be focusing on splitting Iraq up into somewhat seperate entities at all. Sure, that might work 20 years down the road, but not now!

It’s really sad. All the lives and money lost just to allow something like this to take place. Makes no sense to me. Maybe I just don’t see the entire picture, who knows. If this really happens, in 15 years Iraq will be in the same state it was in 2000.

In the Bullpen was the first place I read about this. Mac agrees that if true, this could be really, really bad. Richard at Hyscience has very relavent things to say about it. I think his summary is a little clearer than mine. Patrick over at Clarity and Resolve sums the whole thing up quite nicely with this quote “a statement of Islam’s utter failure at compatibility with the principles of rights and freedom”. That’s pretty much how I see it too Patrick.

The Fourth Rail has a great post about Islam, al Qaeda, and the future of Iraq. I highly recommend it.

I’ll post updates when/if there are some. In the meantime, go have some fun at the OTB Caption Jam or checkout what Basil has for brunch today.