Feeling snippy today.
I read that former Senator George Allen (R-VA), yet another of the Republican hopefuls of 2008, said on This Week yesterday that, as AP paraphrases,
a constitution guaranteeing basic freedoms would provide a rallying point for Iraqis.Unfortunately, the reality is far from George's fantasy world.
"I think this is a very crucial time for the future of Iraq," Allen said on "This Week" on ABC. "The terrorists don't have anything to win the hearts and minds of the people of Iraq. All they care to do is disrupt."
Shiite and Kurdish militias, often operating as part of Iraqi government security forces, have carried out a wave of abductions, assassinations and other acts of intimidation, consolidating their control over territory across northern and southern Iraq and deepening the country's divide along ethnic and sectarian lines, according to political leaders, families of the victims, human rights activists and Iraqi officials.As many of you know, I'm a political scientist specializing in international political economy but with a background in international relations. Folks in my field like to talk about "sovereignty". In my book, consolidating control over territory and establishing institutions of authority is about sovereignty, not chaos; rule, not "disruption".
While Iraqi representatives wrangle over the drafting of a constitution in Baghdad, the militias, and the Shiite and Kurdish parties that control them, are creating their own institutions of authority, unaccountable to elected governments, the activists and officials said.
And yet on second thought, maybe ol' George is right -- perhaps the new Iraqi constitution (as I type, T minus 6 hours and counting [Baghdad is currently 8 hours ahead of EDT] to the revised deadline) will provide a "rallying point for Iraqis". After all, the Weimar Constitution did wonders for rallying Germany.