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Wednesday, August 18, 2004 | Does Muqtada Al-Sadr Have the US by the Short Hairs? Is Muqtada Al-Sadr a hero or a Villain? someone asked on a message board, referencing a thoughtful Asia Times piece. With all props to Syed Saleem Shahzad, I don't think we know yet.
I'm not even sure Al-Sadr does.
Except to the crusade cultists, to whom anyone who does not bow down and kiss the feet of Amrika the Great Satan is a de facto villain of the highest order, Al-Sadr is at this point neither hero nor villain, rather a kind of hybrid playa and lamb sandwich.
Al-Sadr is not an "ordinary Iraqi," by anyone's definition. He is the scion of a very well-known and respected family of clerics and scholars. We may assume that his education has been exemplary, and that his life has been nothing like the lives of the people who live in the city that bears his father's name.
He is politically sophisticated enough to make speeches addressing the American people, in the style of US politicians, who love to address the (insert invasion target here) people to assure them that although the US is about to be blown to bits, the US holds them no ill will.
Unlike the Americans, though, Sadr's remarks to the US populace indicate some knowledge of the history and ideology of the people to whom he speaks. Few Americans have any idea he has ever addressed them; the only remarks of his that are picked up by the crusadenets tend to be the more thundery soundbytes about sharp swords and martyrdom.
He has evidently made at least one deal with the crusaders, in Fallujah, which severely damages his hero potential, and washes away any doubts anyone may have had that he is a playa, but he could still redeem himself if he will refuse to deal in Najaf. In fact, he has the opportunity to become one of three people on earth who have armies and stand up to the United States.
Whatever he proves himself to be, whatever he chooses to do with the opportunity history now lays at his feet, even if he is an operative, knowing or unknowing, of the crusaders, he is definitely a lamb sandwich.
Martyred, he will be a hero by default, but if he died of natural causes, left Iraq tomorrow to go find his center and make pottery in Arizona, or was exposed as a secret collaborator, the fabric of the Resistance would not be significantly affected.
He has become a symbol of the Resistance, but he is neither its author nor its leader. So far, that role is filled by the Iraqi people.
Actions like Sep 11 do not happen in a vaccuum.
Long before those hijackers ever stepped foot on the planes the damage
had been done. They were brainwashed with the same type of garbage
propaganda that is spewed from Fatwa's weblog.
Middle Eastern countries are so much more barbaric today and preAmercia than America can ever hope to be...America has only been around 230 years...who did you blame for everything before that Ductape? I am calling a Fatwa on your bullshit!
IMO - terrorist plain and simple. He is an Al queda operative who
should be put in a cage on gitmo Skinner
My favorite..."In Defense of Holocaust Deniers"
I always thought that "The Enemy Within" was just a metaphore for liberalism, that is, until I encountered Ductape Fatwa. He should be in an orange jumpsuit for sure.
peopleforchange.netductape is either a commie, al queda, or a deep cover mole
Tells you something about this asshole doesn't it. He's really serious.
I believe that DF is nothing but a Republican plant...
Ductape is a commie, a terrorist, and he drinks blood too. He drinks
Capitalist blood. He eats unborn babies too
Give me your address and I'll send you $20 and a thank-you note for taking your hatred elsewhere.
A terrorist with a sense of humor!
He ain't nuthin' but shit
inadequate, halfway house bullshit
You are a dumbass. Fuck you and your condescension about us "benighted sheeple." hamletta
Untruthful, damaging bullshit
no better than the neocons and no different than Timothy McVeigh
dailykos.coma turd in the punchbowl...if DF were Joe Hill he probably would have killed himself rather than get put to death.
A compost pile of fecundity
dailykos.comdespicable and literally mentally ill