April 26, 2004

Sadr the agitator

From CS Monitor comes an interesting profile of where Moqtada al-Sadr comes from... bq. Sadr enters the mosque at Kufa where he's led Friday prayers for nearly a year denouncing the authorities and warning of an "imperialist" conspiracy against Iraq's majority Shiites. bq. The thousands fill the vast open courtyard, chanting the name of their hero when he strides through the gate, and they take up his call during the sermon. "No, no to America! No, no to Israel! No, no to imperialism!" In Baghdad, the authorities worry about how to handle this militant cleric, his rising profile and his willingness to flex the street muscle he's built up in Iraq's slums. bq. But the Sadr in question is not Moqtada, the young cleric whose gunmen now occupy Kufa and the neighboring shrine city of Najaf. Instead, the year is 1998 and the man leading the prayers is Ayatollah Mohammed Sadek Al-Sadr, Moqtada's father. Read the article - this moke is causing a lot of problems for the country he lives in only to feather his nest. His family fought Saddam only to acquiesce. Now Moqtada is trying to do the same thing (with major backing from Iran). This needs to be stopped. Posted by DaveH at April 26, 2004 11:37 PM