The Land of unintended consequences
Remember this: the proposed Iraqi flag
which sent people into the streets in rage.
Because it looked too close to the Israeli flag.
Jaafer Aabed /Reuters
Iraqis in the city of Kut held up paper flags
to protest the Israeli offensive in
Radical Shiite Cleric Hints at Militia Attacks to Protest Israel’s Actions
By EDWARD WONG
Published: July 15, 2006
BAGHDAD, Iraq, July 14 — The radical Shiite cleric Moktada al-Sadr said Friday that Iraqis would not “sit by with folded hands” while Israel struck at Lebanon, signaling a possible increase in attacks from his mercurial militia, the Mahdi Army.
In a written statement, Mr. Sadr also said that he considered the United States culpable in the conflict unfolding in Lebanon, since America was the largest foreign ally of Israel.
Mr. Sadr’s statement was issued at a time of rising tensions between the American military and the Mahdi Army, with American forces carrying out raids against Mahdi hideouts and arresting senior leaders.
American commanders have strongly denounced militias in recent days and have pledged to try to curtail the militias’ death squads, which they say are feeding the spiraling cycles of sectarian violence. Many Sunni Arabs blame the Sadr militia for abductions and killings, including an episode on July 9 in which militiamen seized up to dozens of Sunni Arabs in the Jihad neighborhood of Baghdad and shot them in the head.
“Eyes are shedding tears, and the heart feels pain and sadness for our people in Lebanon due to the bombing, terror and clear aggression that the Zionist enemy conducts and that is shielded by a number of countries, including the United States,” Mr. Sadr said in the statement.
“Let it be known to everybody that we in Iraq will not sit by with folded hands before the creep of Zionism,” the statement continued.
Is Bush aware Hezbollah is a Shia army? He should be.
posted by Steve @ 1:39:00 AM