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  •  Agreed. (5+ / 0-)

    I've been watching al-Sadr since the beginning of this, too. He's smart and his goal is to get the "occupiers" out. His people still control most of Basra after five days of fighting. al-Maliki accepted al-Sard's cease-fire to to save face after being bullied into this disaster by Cheney. If it were otherwise, al-Sadr's people would have turned over their weapons rather than having the local police offer the Mahdi theirs.

    People like Cheney do not have the slightest grasp of tribal loyalties and they certainly do not understand what many Muslims call "adab", a certain manner that is at the basis of the code of chivalry that the Crusaders brought back to Europe in the 1200s. T.E. Lawrence understood all of this. The neocons never will.

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