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To: DoctorZIn

THEIR REAL TARGET IS . . . YOU [Excerpt]

By AMIR TAHERI
NY Post

June 18, 2004 -- 'IT is time to go home." This is the message that Moqtada al-Sadr, the 30-year-old Shi'ite cleric who led a brief insurgency in Najaf and Kufa, has sent to members of his so-called Army of the Mahdi (Jaish al-Mahdi).
"The fighting is over," says Qais al-Khazaali, a spokesman for Sadr. "We want all our combatants to return to normal life and help Iraq's transition from occupation to full sovereignty."

By the time Sadr issued his instructions, however, few combatants were there to hear it. The rag-tag band recruited to "drive the Americans out of Iraq" disappeared as quickly as it had appeared.

http://www.nypost.com/postopinion/opedcolumnists/25833.htm


4 posted on 06/18/2004 9:07:16 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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To: DoctorZIn
THEIR REAL TARGET IS . . . YOU

...The terrorists' goal is not to change Iraqis' minds — they know they can't. Their aim is to influence the Western powers. They can't reinstall Saddam Hussein, but they think they can weaken the resolve of the United States by preventing the re-election of President Bush.

In other words, they are dreaming of a "Spanish scenario": a terrified electorate voting to drop out of the War on Terror in exchange for a short-term respite from the threat of violence. ...

7 posted on 06/19/2004 8:17:32 AM PDT by sionnsar (Resource for Traditional Anglicans: trad-anglican.faithweb.com)
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