Anti-American Cleric Rising as Iraqi Kingmaker
Posted on Feb 16, 2006
New York Times:
BAGHDAD, Iraq, Feb. 15—Late Saturday night, on the eve of a crucial vote to choose Iraq’s next prime minister, a senior Iraqi politician’s cellphone rang. A supporter of the Shiite cleric Moktada al-Sadr was on the line with a threat.
“He said that there’s going to be a civil war among the Shia” if Mr. Sadr’s preferred candidate was not confirmed, the politician said.
Check out Truthdig’s Robert Scheer on the ominous implications of Sadr’s ascendancy.
The influential and virulently anti-U.S. Shiite cleric Moktada al-Sadr