posted on Jun, 28 2004 @ 07:51 AM
Some food for thought. The Iraqi Interim Government (the organisation the US handed power to) can conduct diplomacy, and adminsistrate the laws in
place. But "the IIG will ... not be able to amend the TAL.[Transitional Administrative Law]" It is therefore worth examining what exactly is
contained within the TAL, before declaring the nation autonomous.
The most interesting section for me, is the following.
This article is likely to cause considerable controversy, since it compensates for the absence of an agreement over security arrangements in an
First, the article effectively places the Iraqi military under American command (in the form of the “unified command” of the “multinational force”).
Second, it mentions UN Security Council Resolution 1511 and effectively uses it to prolong such a security arrangement until a permanent constitution
is approved and operating.
Significantly, of all the provisions of the draft constitution, this was the one major issue not to leak."
So, the sovereign nation Iraq, is to have no control over its own military, let alone any influence over the action of the US/UK military. NOr can the
IIG do anything about this, as it has no power to modify the TAL in which this is declared. This leads me to question the nature of the handover of
In answer to your question about elections, I will believe them when I see them. I am concerned that they might follow the pattern set by the US
supported elections in Latin America during thelate '70s and early '80s, in which parties on the left were routinely excluded from standing, voting
was obligatory, there was no secret ballot and those who were seen to have voted the 'wrong' way were then persecuted by the military and the
deathsquads. Unless the Iraqi electoral process is validated by international observers, such as Amnesty, then I will remain deeply dubious. I hope
that this will happen, I hope that the elections will be entirely fair, but I do not believe that this will happen. dont forget, the most recent US
presidential election was ultimately decided by the judiciary, which as far as I'm concerned is NOT democracy. You may, nay will, dispute this.
You're welcome to.
And by the way, God Blesses Everyone, Not Just America.