decisionmaking under time pressure
emaltz at camden.rutgers.edu
Tue Aug 2 05:03:51 PDT 2005
The insistence by America's elites (both left and right) on the
establishment of a regime based on Western values smacks of the philosophy
of the "white man's burden" that provided the justification for colonialism
in an earlier era, with secular government and democracy in general and
women's rights in particular replacing Christianity as the ideologies that
we seek to impose upon political elites in other countries "for their own
The invasion of Iraq was a fool's errand to begin with--with or without
weapons of mass destruction (for the record, I am not a Johnny come lately
to that position--I refused to vote for Bush largely because of the
invasion. Oh, well, there goes my appointment to the Supreme Court. Our
priority in the constitution-writing process should be to provide the
foundation for getting our troops OUT--no more and no less. If that means
accepting a document that some Americans find offensive, that is
unfortunate, but, oh well.
At 01:02 AM 8/2/2005 -0500, Kim Schepple wrote:
>Plus, it seems to that the present draft has many dangerous tendencies.
>-- the constitution seems to put Shari'a above the constitution
>-- women's rights are restricted
>-- the constitutional court is given the power of judicial review, but
>then four out of the nine judges on the constitutional court are required
>to have their primary education in Shari'a instead of secular law.
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