Good Article on Dealing With Al-Sadr
has just written a prescient article
on what needs to be done about Muqtada Al-Sadr and his ilk. Lewis points out the fact that many "mainstream" Muslims support the radicals we are fighting, and in fact are in agreement with them. He ends with a strategic solution to the problem in Najaf. Here's a delightful tidbit:
It is long past the time for Americans to admit the truth. The totalitarian radicals have support from mainstream Muslims. Many condemn the investigations into America's enemies rather than assist the investigations. Many think that supporting Islamic fighters financially is not really that bad. Many clerics and thousands of their followers do not oppose the use of mosques as military bases. Many see their religion as compatible with aggressive warfare, even if they do not actually take up arms.
POSTED BY THE GENERAL AT 1:18 AM
The only way to protect Americans--and, coincidentally, good Iraqis--is to bomb the Najaf mosque into a parking lot, and to announce that any building used for such purposes gets the same treatment. They chose to use their House of God as a House of War. The marching crowds agree. Admit the facts, and act accordingly. Continue aggressive investigations into mosques in America. And let those who will condemn the Americans choose their side openly.