Thomas Sowell writes that Iraqi politicians have an important choice to make: symbolism or substance?
This must be the golden age of symbolism. In war-torn Iraq, its political leaders are demanding that foreign workers who are trying to rebuild that country must be subject to the Iraqi legal system.
Do you have any idea what the Iraqi legal system is? Are you prepared to risk your freedom, and perhaps your life, to find out?
Obviously subjecting foreign workers and entrepreneurs to a wholly different legal system from the one they are used to is creating yet another obstacle to recruiting people whose skills and experience are urgently needed to get Iraq back on its feet again as a functioning society.
But the symbols of sovereignty are apparently more important than the substance of a restored economy and society, at least in the eyes of some Iraqi politicians.
So which will they pursue, the substance of economic reform or the symbols of sovreignty?
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