"I assured them that the United States believes strongly that the Iraqi constitution should provide equal rights before the law for all Iraqis regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, religion or sect," Khalilzad said. "There can be no compromise." WP
I am with Khalilzad on this one. The idea that the US, which has summoned this Iraqi regime into being, should accept that its constitution would deprive citizens of that state of rights, status and benefits based on categorizations which are unacceptable here is just repulsive.
The late Edward Said wrote many books. Most of them I disagreed with, but "Orientalism," was one with which I wholeheartedly agree. The conceipt that leads scholars and dilettantes alike to believe that the preservation of Eastern cultures is more important than the well being of ordinary poeple in the Islamic World is really indifference to the welfare of real humans who would have to live with the kind of state that has been proposed in early drafts of the Iraq constitution.
It is one thing to study the ancient cultures of the Middle East and the Islamic World in order to better understand them. It would be quite another to sponsor the de-secularization of a country in the region. Anyone who wishes to justify the creation of such a constitution on the basis of "democracy" should consider the probability that the exercise of "democracy" in such a state will be as limited as it is in Iran where the Mullahs "screen" the candidates for election to mke sure that dissidents have no prospects. pl