September 6, 2004

Sinking ship deserts rat...

TEHRAN, Iran - An Iranian-based cleric who had been the former spiritual guide of radical anti-U.S. Iraqi Shiite leader Muqtada al-Sadr has distanced himself from his former pupil's actions, his Web site said Sunday.

Grand Ayatollah Kazem al-Hosseini al-Haeri, who lives in the holy Iranian city of Qom, said al-Sadr, whose loyalists have engaged in deadly clashes with U.S. forces in Iraq ... is no longer his representative in that war-torn country...[link]

Good news, but to be expected.

I've heard it said the Al Sadr has come out a "winner" from the recent uprising. That's silly; he's never offered anything to the Iraqis but thuggish violence. Now that it's become clear that he and his hoodlums are not going to be in charge of things, he's a nobody.

We, and the Iraqis, are very lucky to have leaders who don't fall apart when things get tough. Seriously now, can you even imagine a Democrat administration calmly staying the course during last April's uprisings?

Posted by John Weidner at September 6, 2004 9:31 AM
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