“A Window of Opportunity,” by Spencer Ackerman, Iraq’d, http://www.tnr.com/blog/iraqd?pid=2515, 25 January 2005.
Another statement of a bizarre, counterfactual reality from out of touch Iraqi Sunni Arabs?
“Certainly because we withdrew from the elections, that doesn’t mean we won’t be part of the drafting of the constitution,” said Sheik Moayad Ibrahim al-Adhami, a senior member of the Muslim Scholars Association, which says it represents 3,000 mosques and is the most influential Sunni group to call for an election boycott. “The elections are one matter; the constitution is another.”
“All the Sunnis must take part in drafting the constitution,” added Sheik Adhami, who is the imam of Abu Hanifa Mosque, possibly the most anti-American mosque in Baghdad.
As Wong writes, there’s a possibility that the Sunnis will transfer their rejectionism to inside the constitution-drafting, using the prospect of uniting three Sunni provinces to veto ratification to press for their interests.
The Basic Law says that a veto by three provinces vetoes the new Constitution. This was inserted into the Basic Law to appease the Kurds, who feared that a pan-Arab movement could crush their aspirations. But with the Sunni Arab-based Salafists-Ba’athists becoming much violent and vile rejectionists than the Kurds ever where, this may present a serious problem.
Could this prospect be the reason for calls to dissolve Iraq? Might we see the surreal prospect of an overwhelmingly popular coup by the Badr Organization, the Peshmerga, et al, if Sunni Arab rejectionists sink a popular constitution?
(This is at least the second time my understanding of an issue has been smashed by a fellow blogger. This time it’s Iraq’d, last time it was Zen Pundit.)