The Iraqis have a constitution

(A) Public and private freedoms shall be protected.

(B) The right of free expression shall be protected.

(C) The right of free peaceable assembly and the right to join associations freely, as well as the right to form and join unions and political parties freely, in accordance with the law, shall be guaranteed.

(D) Each Iraqi has the right of free movement in all parts of Iraq and the right to travel abroad and return freely.

(E) Each Iraqi has the right to demonstrate and strike peaceably in accordance with the law.

(F) Each Iraqi has the right to freedom of thought, conscience, and religious belief and practice. Coercion in such matters shall be prohibited.

(G) Slavery, the slave trade, forced labor, and involuntary servitude with or without pay, shall be forbidden.

(H) Each Iraqi has the right to privacy.

That's from Article 13 of the interim Iraqi constitution.

Of course, there are problems in Iraq, and the job is not a cakewalk. But many critics of the administration's policy in Iraq fail to see the forest for the trees when concrete steps like this that improve the people's quality of life are obscured by day-to-day minutiae.

Posted by Vivek at March 13, 2004 5:03 PM