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Tuesday, August 23, 2005
Instapundit points to this post by Bill Roggio talking about how the fears that Iraq will turn into an Islamic theocracy based on the proposed constitution are unfounded:
Seems pretty convincing actually. One thing mentioned there however actually troubles me, and I've talked about it before. In fact, I talked about it more than a year ago regarding the interim constitution. It's the requirement that 25% of the legislature be women. Don't get me wrong... I'm all for women being in the legislature. My question is, how does one enforce such a requirement in a true democracy?
In a true democracy, people choose to run for office. Hypothetically, what happens if women don't run for office in Iraq? Is the government there going to conscript women for the legislature? In a true democracy, those who choose to run are voted on by the people to decide who serves. What if many women run, but they don't win any elections? Are the ballot boxes going to be stuffed in their favor? In a system where people not only have to choose to run, but also have to be chosen by others to serve, how is this practical? More importantly, how can it be considered Democratic?
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