August 30, 2004

DEMOCRACY OUTBREAK:

Muqtada al-Sadr orders nationwide ceasefire (Aljazeera, August 30, 2004)

Shia leader Muqtada al-Sadr has ordered a nationwide ceasefire and announced his armed movement will enter the political arena, one of his aides said in Baghdad.

"The commander of the Sadr movement, leader Muqtada al-Sadr, announced today in Najaf the end of all fighting [throughout] Iraq and the integration of his movement in the political process," Shaikh Naim al-Qaabi said on Monday.

Al-Sadr has in recent weeks spearheaded the largest resistance to US occupation and Iraqi government forces since the fall of Saddam Hussein last year.

"This decision shows that the al-Sadr movement wants peace and participation in the country's political process, and within the next two days the al-Sadr movement will explain its political vision on this participation," the official told reporters.


And so they become the Sinn Fein of Mesopotamia.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 30, 2004 1:57 PM
Comments

"This decision shows that the al-Sadr movement wants peace and participation in the country's political process"

This is really sweet of Sadr. Is this kind of like how MTV's "rock the vote" is supposed to work? And what happens if it's a really, really close vote? Who's going to break the news to him if he loses?

Posted by: h-man at August 30, 2004 2:31 PM

Uh, isn't this the same deal he supposedly accepted last time?

Posted by: Chris Durnell at August 30, 2004 3:14 PM

Does the analogy include the booze?

Posted by: jim hamlen at August 30, 2004 11:11 PM

Kill him.

Posted by: Amos at August 31, 2004 3:46 AM

I'm with Amos on this one. Left alive he will re-arm and start all over. This week, or next month, whatever.

Posted by: Uncle Bill at August 31, 2004 9:45 AM
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