"...the United States and its allies are preparing to hand over sovereignty to the Iraqis by July 1, despite disagreements over the best way to choose a new government. On Monday, U.S. administrator L. Paul Bremer said he would move to block any effort by Iraqi leaders to put Islamic law as the foundation of legislation in the interim constitution, which is supposed to take effect at the end of February. However, Mohsen Abdel-Hamid, the current president of the Iraqi Governing Council and a Sunni Muslim hard-liner, has proposed making Islamic law the "principal basis" of legislation, which many Iraqi women's groups fear will threaten their legal rights. "Our position is clear," Bremer said when asked what he would do if the Iraqis wrote Islamic law as the principal basis of the legal code. "It can't be law until I sign it." http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=540&e=2&u=/ap/20040217/ap_on_re_mi_ea/iraq This creates quite a conundrum!!! We "saved" them from a dictatorship that had been abusing them for years and now we tell them they need to set up a new government. The catch is it has to meet our approval and, as part of the deal, we want women to have equal rights, something that goes against their religious beliefs. So, do they alter their religious beliefs or tell the U.S. to get the hell out of their country and allow them to set up a government as they see fit? I cannot see the U.S. just leaving without being certain that the new government meets our approval but neither can I see the Iraqis giving women equal rights? Any suggestions??????? Can you force a democratic form of government on a peoples who have never known such a system? Is it a democracy if it is forced upon them?