Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Mookie's back

In this 22.Dec.2010 article by the BBC summarizing the change of power that happened in Iraq when Nouri al-Maliki managed to get the Sadrist political faction to back his retaining the Prime Ministry, the author wrote:
Mr Sadr's exact whereabouts is a secret, though he is widely believed to be studying in Iran.
That wasn't much of a secret, folks. Moqtada al-Sadr (Muqtada al-Sadr), pretender to his father's place in the Shiite religious heirarchy and career goon-squad leader, ran to Iran when the boom came down on his "Mehdi Army" (properly Jaish al-Mahdi; JaM) in 2007 and 2008. He presence there previously had been during his artfully provided theological education that just barely qualified him for the titles he is so proud of, and that was where his protectors and enablers in the Pasdaran (IRGC) were best able to protect him again.

So fast-forward to today; The Sadrist political functionaries are an essential bloc in the parliamentary support for the new government. Officially, the JaM is disarmed. Slate wiped clean. Loyal Iraqis, all of them, by official declaration.

Guess who just got off an airplane. Yup, Mookie is back in Iraq.

I'll be nice about this... presuming he and his followers follow the law and voice their opinion in the manner of democratic discourse, welcome home.

One step over the line, and some one should haul him in and bring out all the charges (from treason against the State to simple murders and quite a lot in between) that have been conveniently set aside... and make this the last time anyone has to deal with this man and his collection of thugs. Ever.

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