The right choice?!
I think the time has come to choose between YES and NO for the new constitution and to tell the truth it's not easy to decide what to choose for which both choices have their advantages and disadvantages.
I really hoped that the constitution were done and approved by all "The Iraqi Spectrum" but unfortunately the limited presentation of the Sunni Arabs in the National Assembly and the Constitution Drafting Committee will remain like a scar in the constitution if ratified.
But if we take in consideration the altering made to bring the "Sunni Arabs in" (which made the Islamic Iraqi Party switch to YES) then we will start a new assessment for the whole situation.
The Islamic Iraqi Party made a huge move when they declared that they will vote YES for the constitution because they gave the constitution a "new legitimacy" and ended the situation of "Sunni Arabs are out" for the Islamic Iraqi Party is one of three major movements that speak in the name of Sunni Arabs in Iraq, and to be honest their decision was very brave and unexpected and as a result they started receiving attacks from the terrorist groups that threat to kill anyone joins the political process.
Back to the constitution and why it's hard to choose between YES and NO.
As a secular living in Iraq I don’t agree with too many religion (Islamic) based articles imbedded in the constitution that will lead it away from human rights and for this reason I wanted to say NO. But on the other hand the constitution is a very important step in the political process and a big slam for terrorism and dictatorship everywhere.
Few days ago I would have said NO but now after the agreement of shifting all "disputed among things" to the new Assembly which we wish will be more balanced and represents all Iraqis since most of Sunni Arabs are willing to participate in the coming elections, though the seculars may not have any seats in the new Assembly (because they are still afraid of nominating themselves that they might get killed) I switch to YES.
I'm writing this article before 3 hours from the official time (7 AM) of starting the referendum, I don’t know what the outcome will be but for sure it's something we will talk about later.