Shiites Taking Over Iraq? 

Shiites Taking Over Iraq?

The new draft Constitution for Iraq is far more "Islamic fundamentalist" than earlier documents--which were basically drafted by Americans.

Folks at the Corner, of all people, have revived the concern that the Grand Ayatollah Ali Al-Sistani has actually been using the U.S. invasion for his own purposes--not to build a democracy, or peace with the Sunnis, but to establish some kind of Iran-friendly theocracy. The "blood and treasure" of the U.S. may have been sacrificed to achieve someone else's foreign policy goals. (See also here).

U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad may go down in history as a great man--given one difficult file after another by Bush. (See here and here). He is clearly pressing for 1. a constitutional settlement that can bring peace to Iraq and 2. women's rights, and other secular/Western features (via Instapundit). We can only wish him luck.

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