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May 23, 2008
By: Kevin Drum

MORE ON SISTANI....Why did Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani choose this particular moment to start issuing fatwas approving of armed attacks on American troops? Juan Cole has some speculation.

Kevin Drum 10:26 AM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (8)

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Kev,

I've got no idea about Sistani, but in light of your post on gas prices and peak oil yesterday, I wanted to offer my own, for anyone who hasn't checked it out yet.

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Posted by: Swan on May 23, 2008 at 10:53 AM | PERMALINK

Already read your thoughts on peak oil. Somewhat specious. Quit hijacking.

Posted by: Everyman on May 23, 2008 at 11:01 AM | PERMALINK

AP says this was oral advice by Sistani, mostly to members of his own security outfit, given "in recent months". So the "why now" question is why amplify them in this way now as a general issue, and in English. I think aspects of Maliki's visit on Thursday might have pushed him.

Posted by: Badger on May 23, 2008 at 11:07 AM | PERMALINK

The pressure is on Maliki to tell bush to take his amry and go home.

Posted by: jerri on May 23, 2008 at 11:34 AM | PERMALINK

The barrel of fish-sytle of killing of Sadr City Shiites by the Americans and their Iraqi mercenaries should arouse defensive action to protect these civilians.

Posted by: Brojo on May 23, 2008 at 11:42 AM | PERMALINK

Al-Sistani knows that Bush Handlers, Inc. is trying to portray itself as Jesus during the last battle between good & evil & he`s not buying into that game. He knows, as do all that are "awake", that Bush Handlers, Inc. are The Sons of Perdition.

May the Gates of Hell open up to receive them. And soon.

"The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world`s problem." - Mohandas Gandhi

Posted by: daCascadian on May 23, 2008 at 12:38 PM | PERMALINK

Why did Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani choose this particular moment to start issuing fatwas approving of armed attacks on American troops?

That seems quite a leap. It doesn't appear that there is a "particular moment" here--more the constant attempt by Sistani to balance the ebb and flow of indigenous interests (i.e., Sadr et. al.) and the (US-backed) Iraqi government.

If anything, this appears to be more of a warning that, as much as Sistani considers law and order a good thing, he will not tolerate that as an excuse to promote Iraqi government and US interests above that of indigenous/nationalist interests.

Posted by: has407 on May 23, 2008 at 6:23 PM | PERMALINK

Have we learned nothing over the past 7+ years? There is ONE source making these claims, so we don't really know if this is even what Sistani believes & says.

But if it is true, what else would we expect considering all that has happened lately?

Posted by: bob in fla on May 23, 2008 at 9:37 PM | PERMALINK
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