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US goes after Saddam Hussein's enemies

Iraq has now come full circle
An "arrest warrant" has been issued for Moqtada al-Sadr, the Shiite cleric in Iraq who has a large following, and whose father was gunned down by Saddam's men in the late 90's.

The "warrant" or whatever you call it has been issued, I'm guessing, by the Coalition Provisional Authority, alleging that al-Sadr is connected to the death of another Iraqi Shiite cleric.

What is really happening though is that Iraqis are trying to establish a model for self-determination in the politics of their own country, and it's not going according to the plans of the US occupiers or the Iraqi exiles from London and Amman.

There was never supposed to be a democracy in Iraq, with peaceful protesters on the streets and newspapers with differing opinions! That's crazy talk! Moqtada al-Sadr's newspaper was shut down a week ago, prompting peaceful protests in which people were killed, and now there's an attempt to silence al-Sadr and his followers, because they're being too loud and Paul Bremer doesn't like the things they're saying.

Moqtada al-Sadr's father was murdered by Saddam's henchmen, and now US soldiers are going after him.

The sickening thing is that Saddam, sitting in a jail cell, would be pleased with events as they are unfolding. I can just picture him, "al-Sadr? Yes, I remember his father. I had his father killed. It's good that you're going after him. It's a good thing. Could I have a cigarette please?"

The fight against Saddam and all that he stood for continues in Iraq, and the fight is exemplified by the young radical Shiite cleric, Moqtada al-Sadr, as he and his followers struggle for freedom in the new Iraq.
see also 05.Apr.2004 13:59