October 13, 2005

WHO'S GONNA BREAK IT TO ZBIG?:

Iraq's Kurds embrace new charter: The constitution, to be voted on tomorrow, enshrines for the first time Kurdish rights into Iraqi law. (Scott Peterson, 10/14/05, The Christian Science Monitor)

For Kurds who are likely to vote overwhelmingly for Iraq's new constitution tomorrow, one well-plastered poster sums up the emotion.

"The new constitution," it reads over a photograph that taps deeply into every Kurdish heart, "is the end of genocide and repression."

The picture shows an elderly Kurdish woman, along with 1 million fellow Kurds, fleeing Iraq into the mountains as Saddam Hussein crushed an uprising in 1991. Kurds expected revenge, and knew how it tasted. In 1988, Iraqi forces had gassed the town of Halabja, and before that destroyed thousands of Kurdish villages.

Which is why Kurds are preparing to celebrate Saturday. For all, the new constitution is the first time Kurdish rights have ever been enshrined in Iraqi law. And for many, the new federalism is only the first step toward their dream of a future independent state.

"When people read this constitution, they are happy, because for the first time on paper, officially, are Kurdish rights," say Handren Mohammad Saleh, the election training and operations officers for Erbil Province. "People feel: Let us fix this now, and all else will follow."


Just think, if not for Katherine Harris and 5 justices the genocide and repression would still be going strong....

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 13, 2005 7:52 PM
Comments

And after that, overcoming the "You break it, you own it." counsels of fear. I'm not a Bush worshiper, but this is one remarkable person.

Posted by: Luciferous at October 13, 2005 8:07 PM

But Both Bushes are fighting Katherine Harris' nomination....

What, is one of the moderates more "confirmable" by the electorate?

Posted by: Bruno at October 14, 2005 12:59 AM

Love gone bad.

Posted by: oj at October 14, 2005 8:18 AM

If you didn't get that from a bumper sticker OJ someone should print one.

Posted by: Genecis at October 14, 2005 2:25 PM
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