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Thursday, January 15, 2004

Afghan constitution
A while back I worried that the Iraqi governing council was moving toward a constitution based on Islamic law. Well, unfortunately, my fears are not without merit. On Jan. 4, Afghanistan passed its new constitution creating an Islamic republic with "Islam as its sacred religion."

Even revisions made to the final draft, meant to give last-minute protection to non-Muslims (and cover from a U.S. veto of the document), could be used to prosecute Muslims who oppose government policies. Those restrictions might make Americans - and particularly soldiers in both Afghanistan and Iraq - wonder what all this fighting to bring democracy to the Middle East is really about.

Great. Just great. This is not a democracy! Or if it is, then we shouldn't be fighting to establish them and around the world.

"If this is a dress rehearsal for Iraq, then we are in trouble."

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