August 27, 2007

THEY FOUGHT THE LAW AND THE LAW WON:

Retreating Brits Cut Deal With Muqtada al-Sadr for Safe Exit (Sam Dagher, 8/27/07, Christian Science Monitor)

The last contingent of British soldiers based in the center of this southern city will leave by Friday, says a senior Iraqi security official, adding that a deal has been struck with leaders of Moqtada al-Sadr's Mahdi Army to ensure their safe departure.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 27, 2007 5:59 PM
Comments

Why did Mookie's thugs refuse to be searched in Karbala (outside a mosque) yesterday, thereby provoking a gun battle with Iraqi police that killed 24?

I thought he respected Islam. I thought he was a true Shi'a. Time to die.

Posted by: jim hamlen at August 28, 2007 7:49 AM

Because the police aren't trustworthy.

Posted by: oj at August 28, 2007 9:32 AM

This was Karbala - the police were Shi'ites.

Mookie and his goons are a stain on the Shi'a, a poor reflection of the gangsters in Iran. And most of the Iraqi Shi'a seem to know it. What is your excuse?

Posted by: jim hamlen at August 29, 2007 1:39 AM

The institutions of a government we're forcing on the Shi'a are fatally compromised.

Hold an election in Baghdad and who do you think is elected to represent the Shi'a?

Posted by: oj at August 29, 2007 6:06 AM

I get it - you want the strongman. Pretty low opinion you have of the Shi'a, despite all your protestations. I'm sure Mookie has had flatterers telling him for years he could do what his father never did and run the whole show.

However, Mookie would probably win just a slight plurality, but not a majority. He may be popular in Sadr City, but elsewhere he is loathed (even among the Shi'a). And once he entered the formal government, his "power" would be greatly diminished (which is surely why he hides in mosques and in Iran, instead of standing for anything). He's a coward.

Posted by: jim hamlen at August 29, 2007 7:20 AM

All effective governments are strong, which is why we ditched the Articles. Expecting the Shi'a to accept less security than you have is mere dehumanization.

Mookie won't run the country, most of it doesn't need him. The Shi'a of Baghdad do.

Posted by: oj at August 29, 2007 9:05 AM
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