Monday, March 29, 2004
Yahoo! News - Shiites Organize to Block U.S. Plan: "Here, the gaunt, 38-year-old said, was a leaflet that enumerated the objections of Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani, the country's most powerful cleric, to Iraq's interim constitution. This, he said, was the letter the ayatollah sent to the United Nations (news - web sites) in protest. And here, displayed proudly, was the petition denouncing that constitution in what he said amounted to a 'popular referendum.'"
This is a very interesting story. My one regret with it is that it takes far too long to get to the specifics of what they object to and even then doesn't really offer the kind of exploration of that subject that I would like.
Ultimately I worry that the ethnic and religious divisions in Iraq run too deep for there to be the kind of unified government that we all would like to see them have.
"This is freedom of expression," Awadi said, thumbing yellow worry beads. "This is freedom of opinion."
This is a freedom they never had before last year. That's a pretty big deal, I think.
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