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Do the al-Sadr Chant!
Muqtada al-Sadr has been stuck in the Imam Ali Shrine for a while now. (I'm still waiting patiently for the outraged, howling denunciations of him for carrying out military attacks from a holy site — the holiest site in the Shia religion — but I think I'll be waiting a while…) Saturday he gave a speech:
Wow! That's efficient falsehood, right there. (al-Sadr and Michael Moore should be pen pals.) First of all, what's this we business? I don't remember anything about the Mehdi Army bravely fighting the Republican Guard. And this talk about the Iraqi interim government being worse than Saddam is just bizarre. But I think I can understand it! The interim government issued a warrant for his arrest, and Saddam didn't. Ergo, they're worse than Saddam for him, personally. Of course, I don't know why he expects anyone to care about that.
But this is the best part:
…… wait for it ……
<buzz> We have a winner! Congratulations, Muqtada, for carrying on the fine tradition of racist scapegoating that the rest of the world has come to expect from mideast intellectuals, politicians, religious figures, and in fact pretty much everybody. I'm not sure how his mind connects Israel to the seige he's under, but it really doesn't matter, because my eyes are already rolling.
I'll take mideast complaints seriously as soon as they have a little more substance to them than "Israel bad! Hulk smash!"
Belmont Club has been doing a fabulous job covering this. It's long past time I blogrolled it. And he has these excellent words to say about the use of holy sites for military purposes (from the first of those links):
Textbook appeasement. Give him what he wants and he'll be good. Fortunately, the commenters take him to task. (And that's on a hard-left blog; I shudder to think of the reception it would've gotten elsewhere…)