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Thursday, December 21, 2006
the first time was the worst time, the second time was worse than the first time:
In Reuel's New York Times op-ed ("Surge and attack the Sunnis first; then most of the Shiites"), there's this questionable assertion:
Why believe this? If the U.S. throws its weight behind Hakim -- which is what we're talking about, really, if we're talking about "more moderate alternatives" -- Sadr's charisma is way more likely to grow. Sadr's calling card is his family history; his unyielding anti-occupation stance; and now his willingness to murder Sunnis. All of a sudden his chief rival joins with the occupation and begins purging fellow Shiites. As Tony Shadid has shown in Night Draws Near, there isn't a single Shiite political figure that can hope to match Sadr's political charisma. Setting up a pale alternative in Hakim, in all probability, will unite the fracturing Sadr movement and convince the mass of Iraqi Shiites that the U.S.-sponsored political process that so far has worked to the Shiites' benefit holds nothing for them but the choice of collaboration or death. (Furthermore, I don't quite understand what Gerecht's end-state for Sadr is in this scenario, but let's leave that aside for the time being.)
The big lacuna right now is the groundless and dangerous belief that there's some option out there that can simultaneously strengthen Shiite power and weaken Sadr. Guess what: Sadr is Shiite Iraq now. He is the player that matters. He is the one to whom people want to give their loyalties. Believe whatever you want about the strength of Abdul Aziz al-Hakim, but Sadr will outlast him. If we're talking about a surge, a last push, an 80-percent solution, a New Way Forward, or what have you, get used to the idea of your sons and daughters dying to protect the power and the privilege of Moqtada Sadr.
UPDATE: From today's Washington Post: