[Note: Today is Pandagon's Blog Like A Conservative Day. I am participating. I don't really know if "liberal" is the right word to attach to me, but it's de rigeur in American circles for use on anything less conservative than Richard Lion-Heart, so whatever. Improv is fun. Sometimes]
David at Sivacracy demonstrates how nuanced and understanding he can be compared to the one-sided thoughtless ranting that happens on the conservative blogosphere:
SIVACRACY.NET: Since I pooh-poohed it earlier...: I'm not trying to knock the constitution that will develop, though as someone who prizes secular reign, I worry about basing too much of the constitution on the Koran just as I do continuing American efforts to make the Bible a stronger part of civic life. But I do think that the extended deadlines, behind-the-scenes deals, and the like, ought not distract us from the crucial issue: Iraq is a badly divided society with virtually non-existent state capacity except in the form of an occupying power. Having a constitution would certainly be a step in the right direction, but this is a very long road, and I'm skeptical that the path will be a smooth one for Iraqis or a sustainable one for the American presence. Glib references to the difficulty of America's democratic development or to Japanese acceptance of the 1947 constitution barely camouflage the fact that this is a different country facing very different conditions.
A different country facing very different conditions. Indeed.