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Monday, August 22, 2005
  Political expediency ruled the day?
Did Bush take us to war, spend US lives and treasure, just to hand the country over to black turbaned fanatics intent on returning to the 6th century?
Guardian Unlimited | Special reports | US relents on Islamic law to reach Iraq deal: "The United States has eased its opposition to an Islamic Iraqi state to help clinch a deal on a draft constitution before tonight's deadline.

American diplomats backed religious conservatives who threatened to torpedo talks over the shape of the new Iraq unless Islam was a primary source of law. Secular and liberal groups were dismayed at the move, branding it a betrayal of Washington's promise to advocate equal rights in a free and tolerant society.

Stalemate over the role of Islam, among other issues, meant last week's deadline was extended for a week. Outstanding disputes could produce another cliffhanger tonight, triggering a further extension.

The Bush administration, keen to show the political process is on track, has waded into negotiations and pressured all sides to compromise."
 
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