Some very odd headlines coming out of the Iraqi government today. I know everyone's under a lot of pressure, and the situation is exceedingly ugly (except for visiting Americans in the Potemkin Zone), but....
Al-Arabiya reports, based on a story in the Iraqi newspaper al-Sabah, that the permanent Iraqi constitution will declare Islam the official religion of Iraq and the fundamental source [al-masdar al-issasi] of legislation. That seems stronger than the latest version I had heard, which would have had it "a source", not "the fundamental source".
Al-Hayat reports that the draft constitution will not allow Jews of Iraqi origin to reclaim their citizenship, contrary to a widespread rumour dating back to the TAL.
Elaph and al-Hayat both report the Iraqi Defense Minister lashing out against Kuwait, warning it against "unwise actions" along the Iraqi-Kuwaiti border. Iraqi - Kuwaiti border disputes! Is this 1990?
And finally... I'm sure I'm not the first to note this similarity... but really: Ibrahim Dukakis.
UPDATE: Iraq the Model provides a loose translation of key parts of the draft constitution as published in al-Sabah. They don't like it. Here's a link to the draft constitution in al-Sabah (in Arabic).