Saturday, October 15, 2005

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.


At 6:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

vote!!! if a majority of people that live in real democracies voted in their own elections, it would be amazing. here in the u.s., i think a little over 50% voted in the last presidential election, while even fewer vote in local or state elections. just think if 80% voted in all the elections. it would be amazing to see how things would turn out. please, iraqis, go vote. one way or the other, GO VOTE!!! dont be scared. stand up and be heard at the ballot box. zarquawi wants you to be scared into not voting...that makes him win. if you dont vote, you lose. if you vote "yes", you win...even if you vote "no", you still win. as an american, i want you (iraqis) to rule your country...not us, not iran and definately not al qaeda. and as far as religion in government goes, we have a constitution that i guess you would say were based on judeo-christian beliefs, but there is freedom of religion and seperation of church and state and no official religion. that way no one religious group can hold power over any other religious group. also democracy may be the "rule of the majority" but it may really be better defined as, "the rule of the majority, but not at the expense of the minority". hopefully this has made sense and will motivate any and everyone living in a democracy to vote in your next elections. good luck tomorrow iraq.

from an american friend

ps: about what someone wrote about "what if an israeli man married an iraqi woman?" good! it would be great! if those 2 people could get past their individual religions and countries, than so can everyone else. america is the "great melting pot" where everyone, except native americans, are from somewhere else. i am actually 1st generation american and i am 34 years old. my mother was from the u.k. and my fathers parents were from germany. there is really no problem here in the u.s. about what country you come from or what religion you are (except for a few idiots out there). i am a follower of christ, but that doesnt mean that i hate jews, hindus, buddhist, muslims or atheists. how could i? or that i dislike someone cause they are from cuba, or somolia, or bosnia or vietnam. black, white, brown, yellow, red...doesnt matter what race you are as long as you are a member of the human race. sorry, i have gone on way too long. i apologize. take care and i am looking forward to hearing some good news in the morning.

At 12:26 PM, Blogger joetz said...

It will be interesting to see how things turn out. I haven't heard any surveys about what percentage may vote yes and what percentage may say no...or even stats on how many people are expected to vote.

BTW, excellent blog sooni.

At 1:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Awaiting your post election comments

At 6:29 PM, Blogger Mudbug said...

I think the agreement that the Constitution may be changed definetly sealded a yes vote.

I also believe that the Sunni participation kills the anti Iraqi insurgency.
I wish the best for all of Iraq.

At 12:35 AM, Blogger rufus said...

best of Luck

At 1:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes…no…Yes…no…Yes…no…Yes…no, insanity, this is what is going on sooni , as I understand (NO) means too much suffering for a short period , (YES) means less suffering for a long period. It’s your choice (Yes, No), but I believe it is not right to make people chose from getting killed by gas or a bullet in brain.

(Person hope to breathe)


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