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2007 December 14 — Why Now?
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Back To School

Muqtada al Sadr disappeared from public for a while and the American agitprop people did their best to convince everyone that he was in hiding in Iran, and attempt to implicate Iran and “blacken” al Sadr with Iraqis.

The Associated Press is now reporting that al Sadr is going to graduate school to increase his clerical credentials.

Dr. Cole has a more accurate assessment of what al Sadr is doing, and why it is important.

Officially and formally he is Hojatoleslam Sayyid Muqtada Al Sadir: the first title is the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree, and the second indicates that he is a descendant of the Prophet and entitled to wear a black turban. He acquired his degree in Najaf, at the Hawsa, one of the most important Shi’ia universities, the equivalent of Oxford in the English speaking world.

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This Is The Problem

Juan Cole wonders where Nancy Pelosi has since she entered the House: Pelosi on Republicans: They Like this War

You have a sinking feeling that a small band of nice gentle hobbits is facing off against the Orcs of Mordor, without any magic rings or even just ordinary armament, and without any over-arching strategy.

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Friday Cat Blogging

Light, Camera, No way

Friday Cat Blogging

Forget it!

[Editor: In solidarity with the striking WGA members, Dot is not only not being cute, she is annoyed – with the AMPTP, Chris Lehane, and the flash.]

Friday Ark

December 14, 2007   8 Comments