Iraqi and American democracy
SLevinson at law.utexas.edu
Tue Jul 19 20:39:02 PDT 2005
This is half tongue-in-cheek, but how exactly would this new Iraqi Constitution differ from our first version?
It's worse in the specific sense that the new constitution, if the Times story turns out to be predictive of the final draft, will represent a dramatic regression from the relative equality that the Baathist regime practiced re women's rights. The US Constitution, on the other hand, simply stuck with the status quo and, as is often pointed out, didn't say anything one way or the other about gender, assuming that one doesn't overread the use of "he" in referring to public officials. Also, the French support of the American Revolution, which was absolutely vital to securing "regime change" in America, hadn't been predicated on the liberation of the citizenry.
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