10.14.2005 07:27 | DISPATCHES
Iraqis are constitutionally incapable of caring about their constitution because their own constitutions are compromised by the hardships of their daily lives.
From the Independent, in a story about its own inimitable Middle-East correspondent, Robert Fisk:
"He said that [US] efforts to introduce democracy, including Saturday's national vote on the country's proposed constitution--was 'unreal' to most of its citizens. In Baghdad, children and women were kept at home to prevent them from being kidnapped for money or sold into slavery. They faced a desperate struggle to find the money to keep generators running to provide themselves with electricity. 'They aren't sitting in their front rooms [Fisk said] discussing the referendum on the constitution.'"