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Iraq: beyond the myths « Previous | |Next »
September 2, 2005

The neocon narrative about Iraq depicts the struggle in Iraq as a battle between the freedom-loving Iraqi people and terrorists.

These rarely mentions that the two leading parties in the Shiite coalition are pursuing an Islamic state in which the rights of women and religious minorities will be sharply curtailed, and that this kind of regime is already being put into place in parts of Iraq controlled by these parties. And it overlooks the almost unanimous desire of Kurdistan's people for their own independent state.

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Juan Cole, in discussing the draft Iraqi Constitution, says that this constitution enshrines a single-chamber legislature, which will likely be controlled by Shiites for a long time. Does that mean most of the power resides here?

He says that the U.S. presence in the Sunni Arab areas over the past two and a half years has made things progressively worse, that the presence of U.S. troops is pushing more and more Sunni Arabs into the insurgency, and the insurgency will continue to grow in power.

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 3:59 PM | | Comments (0)
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