"The real test of Iraq’s commitment to democratic principles under the influence of Islam will come with the implementation of the constitution by the next elected assembly," writes Bill Roggio [via InstaPundit] of The Fourth Rail. "But to state an Islamist regime has been created based on the text of the constitution is unfounded. A simple reading of the document will reveal this":
One of the most controversial items from a western standpoint is the role Islam will play in the laws of Iraq. The common cry [paraphrased] is “did we sacrifice our soldiers to establish an Islamist state?” . . . The text of the constitution gives sound reason to believe Iraq is not being established as an Islamist state . . . The political system is republican, parliamentary, democratic and federal.
We'd already heard that the draft requires that "No law may contradict [either] Islamic [or] Democratic standards." That had a certain reassuring checks-and-balances ring to it, and besides, the MSM hasn't gotten anything else right about this war. Why should we believe their all-is-lost -- oh, and by the way, anti-Bush -- talk of an imminent Mesopotamian Taliban or Iran? Roggio continues, sensibly:
It is unreasonable to assume Islam will not play a role in influencing the society of Iraq, or any other predominately Muslim nation. Christianity played an influential role in the laws and society of western nations, and continues to do so today. [But don't tell the framers of the EU constitution -- ed]
Speaking of the MSM's getting it wrong, Cassandra of Villainous Company [via Fausta of The Bad Hair Blog] gets it right -- big time -- in a heroic smackdown of the Fourth Estate's utter failure to see the forest for the trees in their infantile obsession with feelings -- their own and those of Cindy Sheehan & Company in the last dozen or more news cycles -- to the exclusion of any reasoned debate about why we should or should not continue the struggle in Iraq. It's a rousing read. Excerpts:
Any good news from the military side of the house is ruthlessly strangled before it ever sees the light of day, while bad news is promoted 24/7 on the airwaves and in our newspapers by a media who are relentlessly anti-war and anti-administration.
There seems to be a bumper crop of feeling going on lately. A lot of feeling, and not much thinking. The title of [Clarence] Page's editorial is: Mr. President, can we talk about the war too?
Just who has been preventing you from talking about the war, Mr. Page? You and the hundreds of annoying, ankle-biting pundits who occupy the bully pulpit in America, who don't have to live with the consequences of your sniping and your thoughtless criticisms, who have done nothing but talk, talk, talk since we went into Iraq and Afghanistan? One can't help but wonder if all your talk doesn't have something to do with those poll results you so conveniently cite.
You talk, while the military fight, and die, and continue to slog onward in an uphill battle you undermine with every word you publish.
Fortunately, Cassandra and the ladies of The Cotillion are on the case. Hostesses this week: Fausta of The Bad Hair Blog, Emily of The American Princess, Cassandra of Villainous Company and Holly of Soldier's Angel. The Cotillion itself has been down most of the day, so be sure to visit the hostesses at their own blogs to catch every last dance before the witching hour.