This is freedom?

By Sean Aqui | Related entries in Bad Decisions, Foreign Policy, News, The War On Terrorism, The World

The Iraqis are free to pass any laws they want, of course. But is this what we envisioned when we invaded?

Under a broad new set of laws criminalizing speech that ridicules the government or its officials, some resurrected verbatim from Saddam Hussein’s penal code, roughly a dozen Iraqi journalists have been charged with offending public officials in the past year.

Currently, three journalists for a small newspaper in southeastern Iraq are being tried here for articles last year that accused a provincial governor, local judges and police officials of corruption. The journalists are accused of violating Paragraph 226 of the penal code, which makes anyone who “publicly insults� the government or public officials subject to up to seven years in prison.

Okay, let’s cut the Iraqi government some slack for being weak and under siege. But besides being ineffective, it’s also corrupt, riddled with militias and death squads and increasingly autocratic.

Not a good omen for the future of the country.

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3 Responses to “This is freedom?”

  1. dee Says:

    What a disgrace… and one of the ever evolving reasons for going there (wink) was to bring democracy… This is such a disaster and why the f*ck are we still there? Can anyone tell me? Please. Anyone. Nothing like creating a ally for Iran. Was that our goal all along? Bush really f*cked us here. Wow do I hate him and everyone else who supports, defends or voted for the guy.

  2. Jeremy Says:

    Can you tell me what would happen if you left, now? Are you positive things would be better?

  3. chris-moderate-democrat Says:

    As much as I dislike the idea, I agree that we have to stay in Iraq, we can’t abandon the people there, in what is about to be a civil war, I agree we shouldn’t have gone to Iraq in teh first place but we’re stuck and we have to deal with it.

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