http://www.carnegieendowment.org/files/BillofRights.pdf 23. In addition to the rights stipulated in this constitution Iraqi citizens enjoy the rights stipulated in international treaties, agreements, and international legal documents that Iraq has signed or joined or that are considered binding according to the provisions of international law, so long as these do not contradict Islam. [The provision on international human rights instruments is very strong. The only qualification has to do with the Islam. Notably, this draft refers simply to Islam rather than Islamic law. Nowhere in this bill of rights is any guidance given for authoritative determination of what constitutes Islam; if such guidance is given (and it may not be) it would have to be in other sections of the constitution.] In a word, there is no guarantee of more individual rights under this proposed constitution. Iraq's proposed constitution will be dictated by Islamic principles, which means that the vast majority of their laws will be about controlling individual behaviour, in accordance with Islam. Love him or hate him, Saddam Hussein ruled Iraq under his personal pursuit of power and not under his Islamic beliefs. So it is quite possible that this new constitution, under the standards of Islam, could actually hamper the current individual rights in Iraq because they, the Iraqi people, could be going from the "frying pan" into "the fire". http://www.opctj.org/articles/william-rivers-pitt-02-12-2003-175400.html Osama Bin laden, in 2003, called for the ouster of Saddam, proclaiming him as a socialist leader and a bad muslim. This suggests to me that Osama felt that Saddam was not acting in accordance with Islam, when it came to the caretaking of his people's morality and welfare. In layman's terms, he thought Saddam was a liberal! So as we wait these final hours to Iraq's new constitution, we must ask ourselves. Did this war make things better or worse for the Iraqi people? Just food for thought!