Shiite Cleric In Iraqi Kurdistan To Defuse Crisis
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  • Richard White

    Did you really mean defuse (neutralize) rather diffuse (spread) the crisis?

    • Walter Russell Mead

      @Richard White: And another intern enters the House of Pain.

  • Jacksonian Libertarian

    This is excellent cultural progress, cultural lessons learned in Iraq reverberate throughout the Islamic world and are responsible for the Arab Spring.

  • I don’t pretend to understand the complex Sadr, but I think it is a mistake to see him as primarily an Iranian ally. His family is Arab, not Persian, and he was known as a fiery Iraqi nationalist before he and the US Army came to blows. I think what may be going on here is Sadr vying for power within the Shiite side of Iraqi politics. Playing the peacemaker and limiting Maliki’s ambitions. Sooner or later I think he is very likely to succeed. He seems to be learning coalition building as opposed to seizing power through the Mahdi Army. Saddam murdered his father, who was Iraq’s senior Shiite cleric at the time, and two of his brothers. I don’t know if he is likely to turn into a dictator in his turn or become the leader of an Islamic republic like Iran, but I am pretty confident he is an Iraqi Arab who will not subordinate Iraq to Iran.

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