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Monday, March 31, 2008
bow to me, faithful ye:
FireDogLake brings this Gorilla Guides translation of Sadr's cease-fire statement:
"Based upon our responsibilities under the law [shariah] and for the sparing of Iraki blood and for the protection of the reputability of the Iraqi people, and for their unity both in terms of people and in terms of territory, and in preparation for its independence and liberation from the armies of oppression; and in order to put out the fires of fitna which the occupier and his followers wish to keep burning between Iraki brothers, we call upon the beloved Iraki people to measure up to their responsibility and their consciousness of law in sparing bloodshed and preserving peace in Irak, and its stability and independence.This isn't a ceasefire statement, it's a manifesto. Sadr has laid out a position reiterating his overwhelming strength, not just in Shiite communities, but for all Iraq. Look at bullet 7: he's talking about return Sunni displaced persons to Baghdad, where they were ethnically cleansed in 2006-07. (Partially by his own forces!) And the Maliki government is going to meet with Sadr where he is -- in Iran! -- to work it out. Hat in hand, Maliki's government supplicates before Moqtada. The threat of a reignited intifada remains. Could this have gone any better for him?