Still trying

Wrangling Not Yet Over on Iraqi Charter

They vote in eleven days:

U.S. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad is leading a drive for major changes in the charter to try to win crucial Sunni Arab support, according to Shiites, Sunnis and Kurds involved in the last-ditch negotiations.

Khalilzad in recent days agreed to take six Sunni demands to Shiite and Kurdish leaders for intensified negotiations. The demands for changes included some that Sunnis hope would keep political power and natural resources under the control of Iraq’s traditionally strong central government, Nasser Janabi, a lead Sunni negotiator, said Monday.

The key is to have a process in place to allow the government to continue to function while democratic Iraq evolves. Not everyone can get their constitution 100% perfectly right the first time around like we did.


  1. Sarcastic’? Me? I mean, as bad as it was, a lot of folks seem to forget the whole ‘Bill of Rights’ thing. Ten amendments and the dern thing hadn’t even been approved yet. Never mind all the other problems even after those ten amendments…

  2. As written right now, the Iraq constitution is good for freedom and democracy. But it does seem to guarantee oil revenue to the Kurds and the Shiites, but none to the Sunnis. Guaranteeing an equal share of oil revenues to the Sunnis might satisfy enough of them to cool things off. But then again, maybe that part of the Sunnis already is cooled off. About 99 percent of the troublemakers in Iraq are Sunni Arabs, Iraqis and foreigners. Some want the Baathist dictatorship back. Some who can’t stand Shiites because they worship in a different way. Some, like Zarqawi, want the whole Middle East (then the world) transformed into a Sunni theocracy so repressive it would make Iran’s Shiite theocracy look like a playground. Would a share of the oil calm many of the Sunnis down? I don’t know. But maybe that doesn’t have to be in the constitution yet. As Chuck and Murdoc are saying, the Iraqis have the rest of their lives to work out amendments.