Thursday, May 26, 2005

Expectations

I expect we can expect a bit of opinion polling targeting constitutions in the next few weeks/months.

US Steve has already sent a link to a blog he's set up with his notes for constitutional discussion.

Bearing in mind that middle eastern politician on the mountain top with his flaming passion and stone tablets etching out his ten commandments while in communion with his lord. Well it seemed easy enough at the time; thou shalt not kill, steal, rape or pillage. What happened? Why, over 2000 years later, are we still coming to terms in writing with what our inner gods tell us (or would if we listened).

Anyway, Steve's email would suggest this is a discussion the whole world should be having about it's respective constitutions (or lack of). So, am throwing this wide open for anyone who happens by. Iraq needs a constitution, Australia needs a bill of human rights (bit of a disconnect between here and here) and the US govt needs to be held accountable to it's original document and stop torturing people and breaching international human rights conventions as well as it's own constitutional obligations. Seeing as it has the largest armory in the world and the potential to cause more harm then any civilian in Iraq ever could.

Questions !!!

Can a constitution disarm a nuclear warhead?

What is a constitution when our leaders deign themselves above it?

Is property more important then having your fingernails pulled?

How many constitutions over time have wound up subverted by scurrilous self-appointed deities?

Does Iraq have, buried in it's history, a founding document that encompasses equality and freedom?

Do we all have, buried in our psyche, a founding blueprint that encompasses the same?

Can a constitution ensure these things?

Or is a constitution simply a path, along which we trundle our subconscious carts, our bound and packaged ideals.

And if a constitution is a path - what lies at the end? Is it really Utopia? How do we get there? How do we get there when we have traveled so far and so long and for so many centuries and have still not arrived?

Update; net constitution.

7 Comments

#5/26/2005 07:08:00 pm Assalam Aleikom Anonymous Ahmed

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Jazkallah
WS

 
#5/26/2005 07:28:00 pm Assalam Aleikom Blogger Moron99

em,

You may or may not find this interesting. Hopefully yes.

I have had it with the people on raed's site who rant about the evil of democracy but never show a micro-particle of understanding what "democracy" really means. They are not the only guilty ones either. There are plenty of self-enlightened westerners who think that democracy must be cast in the image of the west and they like to rant on and on about the evil of Islam and how the mideast is incapable of democracy. So I decided to broach the subject in an analytic and logical fashion in order to debunk the misunderstandings.

Starting at time stamp 19:01 with a brief discussion of the strategic value of the marshall plan and leading into the logistics of functional democracy.
Link


It continues forward through additional threads with the real meat of the matter being introduced at 16:17
Link

 
#5/28/2005 05:09:00 am Assalam Aleikom Blogger cile

i have not read the linx yet -tis late- but i have the sensation that 'democracy' as a word_with_a_meaning has been extremely abused.

i recall a famous writer who called the latter systems of peoples representation as *democratura*
(more 'bout it? google some)
goodnight

 
#5/28/2005 10:01:00 am Assalam Aleikom Blogger emigre

moron99,

I've never heard anyone "rant about the evil of democracy" but I've heard many lament it's absence. I've heard some people rant about George Bush, but George Bush is not democracy so that's neither here nor there.

Democracies always break down under war. No country can go to war without breaking human rights ethics. And once a country has broken those ethics, a country is no longer democratic. It's an oxy-moron to justify war in Iraq with spreading democracy. Especially while people are still quietly being tortured to death in outsourced western prisons with barely an international whisper.

If democracy, as you say, is "a spirit" then war is a lack of soul.

 
#5/29/2005 03:23:00 pm Assalam Aleikom Anonymous Anonymous

more rants and meaningless posts from the neoliberal wahabbi emigre. thank god for this blog. without it, i wouldnt get the terrorists point of view.

 
#5/30/2005 01:56:00 pm Assalam Aleikom Blogger emigre

Hi Anonymous, 9:23:24

Glad you like it here, but you may as well stop pretending to be a right-wing hardliner, most people have figured out you're really a renegade marxist extremist trying to split the middle ground.

So give it a rest, go smoke a bong with George Bush or something - any kind of publicity stunt will do, to keep your lime light from souring.

 
#5/31/2005 06:17:00 pm Assalam Aleikom Anonymous Anonymous

emigre, i wish i found a penny everytime i saw an idiotic, childish, and meaning comment from you. i'd be a very rich man by now. please, go back to your trailor and stop posting. nobody cares about your brilliant community college educated mind. you are killing this website. for the love of your god allah, dont post anymore. leave in peace so this blog can be fun and entertaining again.

 

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