Mar 31 2008
Those too naive to understand how Iran is attempting to destabilize Iraq’s democracy need to look no farther than where the radical Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr is directing the Mahdi Militia’s from as they fight the Iraq government forces, which are backed up by US and UK forces:
The Shiite cleric Moktada al-Sadr on Sunday called for his followers to stop fighting in Basra and in turn demanded concessions from Iraqâ€™s government, after six days in which his Mahdi Army militia has held off an American-supported Iraqi assault on the southern port city.
The substance of Mr. Sadrâ€™s statement, released Sunday afternoon, was hammered out in elaborate negotiations over the past few days with senior Iraqi officials, some of whom traveled to Iran to meet with Mr. Sadr, according to several officials involved in the discussions.
Emphasis mine. So the fanatic Napoleon-Wannabe is directing his forces from inside Iran. That is not going to go over well with the Iraqi people who are Arabs, not Persians like the Iranians are. There is no love loss between the two groups. And the fact Sadr’s forces are getting decimated (from reports coming out of Iraq) it is obvious his forces are not holding off anything, just filling up body bags.
The left wing hand-wringers are out in force, but since their track record on how things will play out in the region is 100% wrong for years it is safer to assume their doom & gloom predictions are wrong again. Iraq PM Maliki is Shiite, so there is no way this battle can be confused with any religious sectarian civil war. The fact is al-Qaeda has been so decimated Iraq is now focusing in on the last major threat to its security – the agents of Iran who are trying to gain a hold on an area they have battled Iraq over for decades – the southern oil fields around the port city of Basra, and the port itself.
But the Militia’s are no match for Iraqi forces backed up by allied fire power. This was over when it started because it was the Iraqis who made the move and dictated the terms and selected the amount of force. All led by a democratically elected Shiite Prime Minister. Sadr is toast. I seriously doubt he can step foot in Iraq again.