Enver Masud, "An Open Letter to the People
of Iraq," The Wisdom Fund, April 22, 2003
Ghazi Sabir-Ali, "Let Iraqis Rebuild
Their Own Country," The Guardian, August 1, 2003
Enver Masud, "New Constitution a Pretext for
Exploiting Iraq," The Wisdom Fund, September 16, 2003
["We will write into that constitution exactly the kinds of
guarantees that were not in Saddam's constitution.," L. Paul Bremer
told ABC's "This Week" from Baghdad, the Iraqi capital.
"We'll have a bill of rights. We'll recognize equality for all
citizens. We'll recognize an independent judiciary. We'll talk about
a federal government.
"All of these things will be in the interim constitution which will
also provide in a limited time, probably two years, for a permanent
constitution to be written that also embodies those American
values."--"U.S. Will Help
Draft New Interim Constitution, Bremer Says," Associated Press,
November 16, 2003]
[What kind of government will Iraq have? What will be the role of Islam? How
much local rule will ethnic, tribal or religious groups have?
The deadline is Feb. 28 for agreement on these and other basic questions,
due to be codified in the recently renamed Transitional Administration Law,
the precursor to a constitution.
. . . One of the thorniest issues will be giving U.S. troops immunity from
prosecution for any action they may take-- Robin Wright and Rajiv
Chandrasekaran, "Power Transfer in Iraq
Starts This Week," Washington Post, January 4, 2004]
Co. to Run Oil Sector by July," Reuters, February 29, 2004
[Bremer passed yet another law further opening up Iraq's economy to foreign
ownership, a law that Iraq's next government is prohibited from changing
under the terms of the interim constitution. . . .
Bremer has issued an executive order stating that even after the interim
Iraqi government has been established, the Iraqi army will answer to US
commander Lt General Ricardo Sanchez.-- Naomi Klein, "Bremer
has destroyed my country," Guardian, April 3, 2004]
"Hypocrisy: The US
Government's Biggest Single Problem," CounterPunch, June 12, 2004