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  •  Sistani (none)
    Was the only one holding back an all out civil war.

    His recent calls for mass demonstrations where a bad sign as it was, but forming his own militia might as well be a declaration of civil war.

    The world will end not with a bang, but with a "Do'oh!"

    by Love and Death on Thu Feb 23, 2006 at 09:42:13 AM PST

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    •  He's saber rattling (none)
      And only threatening to use his militia to enforce mosque security from all I've seen.  He's not calling his militia to jihad against the Sunnis, in fact quite the opposite.

      Thank god that guy's around.

      •  Juan Cole made a couple of good points (4.00)
        www.juancole.com

        "One lesson Sistani will have taken from the bombing of the Askariyah shrine in Samarra is that he is not very secure in Najaf, either."

        and a bit further down (ie earlier)

        "Grand Ayatollah Sistani called for nonviolent street protests that he must know won't be nonviolent."


        "Everyone should go back to Africa, especially black people." -- Richard Pryor

        by COBear on Thu Feb 23, 2006 at 10:14:08 AM PST

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