Tuesday, March 11, 2008
don't tell me what to do! don't tell me what to wear!:
God damn is it a shame IraqSlogger is subscription-only. They've got something incredible: an anti-Sadr rally. Practically in Sadr City!
In an act described by witnesses as verging on the "unthinkable," scores of Iraqis staged a protest against the Shi'a cleric Muqtada al-Sadr on Sunday inside a region known as a stronghold of the Mahdi Army militia.

On Monday, in the Kasra wa Atash area, in the Eastern part of the capitol near Sadr City, assembled protesters chanted anti-Sadr slogans, and voiced objections to the recent trends in Sadr's leadership of the Sadrist Current, the Shi'a religious tendency named after his father and his father-in-law.

The marchers chanted in Arabic: "The traitor is a soldier and we have discharged him" (i.e. from his military service). When a Slogger source asked to confirm who the "soldier" was referred to in the chant, marchers indicated that the "dismissal" was indeed directed to Muqtada al-Sadr, using the nickname "Qaddu," an Arabic nickname for the young cleric that derives from his first name.
Why are they opposing Sadr? Because he's a demagogic religious thug? Because they're sick of the violence? Because they want reconciliation with the Sunnis and occupation by the Americans? Nope.
Some marchers reportedly accused the Sadrist leadership of reaching a quiet agreement with U.S. forces in order to pacify the capital, but said they opposed such an agreement, preferring that the Sadrist current offer resistance to the American presence.
To which Sadr reportedly responded, "Gave you love! Gave you a heart! But you gave me broken heart!" He added, "It's a way of life! Never change our way!"

This post dedicated to Erica Sackin.

Update: Or perhaps, in honor of Sammy Generic, the lesson here is simply: Doooooon't join a gayyyng!
--Spencer Ackerman