Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Islamic Theocracy Is That For Which We've Wasted Our Money And American Lives? Updated

According to an English translation of the Iraqi constitution that was just approved by voters:

Islam is the official religion of the state and it is a fundamental source of legislation .... No law that contradicts the established provisions of Islam may be established.
So we've now had 2,000 troops killed in action (over 1,300 in the last sixteen months of the war) and spent hundreds of billions of dollars to defend a government and now a constitution that we could not defend in America. And we will be defending the establishment of religion in Iraq for perhaps at least the next decade with no end in sight. Meanwhile, we've got domestic programs about to die or to hemorrhage badly just to pay for a theocracy overseas and tax cuts for the rich.

Purple fingers or not, how did we let our priorities get turned so inside-out?

10/26/2005, 10:30 a.m. Update: Via Bruce Barry at PiTW, a Washington Post map showing the military death toll on a US map. This cannot be confirmed by the Pentagon, which said recently that 2,000 is an arbitrary number that does not matter. Can we say the same thing about the 2004 presidential election results? They are just arbitrary numbers that shouldn't really matter?

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