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April 23, 2008

Al-Sadr's Familiy Turns On Him - Disowns "Rogue Son"

Topics: War on Terror

Iraq's Josef Al-Sadr says that Muqtada Al-Sadr has tainted his family's reputation - and they intend to deal with him internally. This is definitely not a good omen for "Mookie" should he venture back to Iraq from his undisclosed secure location (hiding place) in Iran, however, it could turn out to be good news for Iraq.

According to Haider Ajina:

A number of religious leaders and leading figures have stepped out of a long standing tradition of non confrontation with other religious leaders. This tradition is now being challenged. Muqtada was told by a number of Ayatollahs that it is against Islam to take arms against an elected government. The will of the people is to be respected and political change has to happen at the ballet box. This is very encouraging and really not a surprise.

Islam teaches Muslims that it is their duty to speak out and take action to confront wrongdoings. It is time this teaching is put to practice by those who profess to be leaders of the religion. Muslim condemnations of terrorist attacks and bigotry have been heard for some time now. Suicide attacks have also been condemned by a number of Muslim leaders, now it is time to call those who entice violent political change to task.

The emphasized comments are an encouraging sign that moderate Muslims in Iraq are finally speaking out against the extremists and going so far as calling them to task. If only Muslims in the other parts of the world would "heed the call."

And, come to think of it, wouldn't it be nice if there were some moderate Muslims (as in where are they?) in America and Europe that did some "heeding the call" of their own?

Meanwhile, in spite of all the inside-the-Beltway Conventional Wisdom, Mookie's in a jam down in southern Iraq:

ALMOST FROM THE MOMENT IT began on March 25, the inside-the-Beltway Conventional Wisdom about the Iraqi Army's offensive against Muqtada al-Sadr's "Jaysh al Mahdi" militia and other, more criminal elements in the city of Basra--the second-largest city in Iraq and whose port is Iraq's lifeline to the international economy--was that it was a half-baked enterprise and soon a fully-baked disaster. But the latest news from Iraq strongly suggests that is, once again, the narrative of defeat that is half-baked. Over the weekend, the Iraqi Army asserted control over the Basra neighborhoods that had been Sadrist "strongholds" (though, as in the past, the pattern of JAM behavior is flight-not-fight when its losses begin to mount) and continued to apply strong pressure on Sadr City, the main JAM redoubt in Baghdad.

Related:
Who are the "moderate Muslims"?
Identifying Moderate Muslims
Moderate Muslim voices silenced

Posted by Richard at April 23, 2008 7:56 AM



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