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April 25, 2004

Iraq: bodies everywhere

It just keeps on getting worse. More at Juan Cole.


More at Baghdad Burning. Christopher Allbritton interviews Mohammed Baqr al-Najafi, Grand Ayatollah Sistani's representative in Los Angeles> Christiopher asks in relation to Muqtada al Sadr resistance tot eh Americans:

" How many people are joining in the fighting?
..we see duing the last few days that unemployment has risen, up to 70 per cent of the people. And the economic situation makes the people leave everything, even their own religion. When the people see that the American promises aren't being kept, and the economic situation is bad, and the Mahdi Army is paying salaries and gifts, we are not suprised to see people join them.

Does the Ayatollah trust the Americans? Does he believe they have good intentions regarding Iraq?

I dont think so. America until now hasnt shown this care and good intention.

What does he think Americas intentions are?

Its not clear to us, as I mentioned previously. When the Americans asked many times to see the Ayatollah, the Sayyid refused for many reasons. One of these reasons is that the intentions and goals of America are not really clear. How can we set a meeting if we dont have something to discuss? We wish that America, who has great capability for helping people, to help Iraq, as is its duty when America promised to help."

The US is falling down on the job.

Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at April 25, 2004 10:26 PM

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