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Tuesday, December 02, 2003

Posted by Tanstaafl
Council In Iraq Resisting Ayatollah (washingtonpost.com):

The council's stance, the result of intense lobbying over the past few days by the U.S. administrator of Iraq, L. Paul Bremer, could result in a dramatic showdown with Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani, who has insisted that a provisional government be chosen through a national election. If the council persists in supporting the American plan, many in Iraq's Shiite majority, who regard the grand ayatollah as their supreme spiritual authority, may reject the


Well this is a bit of a dilemma. If the governing council bows to the Ayatollah's objections, then it sets a bad precedent of allowing the religious leadership to dictate state policy. If they go with Mr. Bremer's plan, it will just reinforce the notion that they're a puppet of the US. Maybe some sort of bicameral federalist system would work, where some of the representatives are chosen nationally and some are chosen locally would be a fair compromise.


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