Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Iraqi Sovereignity

I see that the Monarchist line now includes the assertion that the Iraqi people became sovereign on the Kalends of July last. The Greek Kalends are more likely.

How sovereign are they?

They are subject to a Constitution unilaterally revised by an American. The Iraqi Government was appointed by an Algerian, subject to the approval of that American. The government is itself a massive block in the legislature; the rest was chosen by an unelected body in a log-rolling session, during which they violated their own rules.

The Iraqi government has a foreign army in its country, much larger and enormously better armed than its own forces. The head of that army appoints the Iraqi Minister of Defence; and its officers daily overrule the Iraqi government's decisions on internal affairs.

The Iraqi Government has somewhat less sovereignity than the late and unlamented People's Republic of Germany; perhaps down there with the Ukrainian S.S.R. - also member states of the United Nations. This may change; but, in the meantime, how much is left for the Iraqi people?