Saturday, August 27, 2005


It's Saturday 27 August 2005, more than a week past the deadline for the Iraqi Constitution to be ready for a vote by the powers that be. Lots of bickering going on about how much influence the Qu'ran and Islam should have.

Three different sects; Shiites, Kurds, and Sunnis, are arguing over how much religious influence there should be in the formation and operation of a new government.

These three sects for centuries have not gotten along. The best they ever got along was during the time Saddam was in power, they didn't have much choice.

The Sunnis did have it a little better at that time because Saddam and the Baath party both were of the Sunni sect.

As a result the Shiites and Kurds have formed a loose band to prevent the Sunnis from gaining to much power, if any. The Shittes don't like the Sunnis because of their Baath party connections and loyalty to Saddam. The don't trust either. The Sunnis because of the afore mentioned connections and the Shiites because they want Islam to dominate life in Iraq.

The Kurds and Shiites want their own separate states, autunomous regions, all to themselves, ruled by themselves. The Sunnis want the country under one central rule. They are in fear that the Kurds in the north and Shiites in the south would have too much control over the revenues from those oil-rich regions.

Read more about this here, Iraqi MPs to debate constitution
Sunni Arabs Rally to Protest Proposed Iraqi Constitution
Sunnis Offer New Proposals for Iraqi Constitution

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