I guess making a martyr out of him could be prooven counterproductive...
From the example of Saddam's capture, out of the high expectations, not much materialised...
And Saddam only had few hard core dead-ender followers.
Sadr has about a million Shiits...
MOST ( I mean 99% ) only sits on the wall.
1% making mess.
Would you take the risk to turn the 99% against the US?
Yes, I would.
These people respect power. They always have.
We've been weak by letting him repeatedly kill our people without consequences.
I should add that that weakness has embolden our enemies to attack and kill our people because they think they can get away with it. And for the most part they have. Take out al-Sadr and see who the next Mullah is willing to take his place.
If you want to take up arms against our troops you should die.
THE 50/50 SOLUTION
I'd kill 50 percent of them and see if the rest wanted to die too. If you want to talk percentages, 100 percent of the worlds 1.2 BILLION moslems have failed to issue a fatwah of death against Moqtada al-Sadr. Or Osama for that matter. Oh they will issue fatwas against terror and indiscriminate killing but to come right out and state : There is a death sentence on Osama Bin Ladin - that ain't been seen yet.
Of course these two didn't write a book. Mr Rushdie did and he recieved a fatwah of death. So that must be it. .....
1990: Iranian leader upholds Rushdie fatwa
Iran's spiritual leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has said the death sentence on writer Salman Rushdie for alleged blasphemy will remain in force.
He rejected the author's repentance and recent decision not to publish a paperback edition of the novel The Satanic Verses which was deemed offensive to the Islamic faith.
Tehran Radio quoted Ayatollah Khameini as saying the decree by his predecessor Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini "remains unchanged even if he repents and becomes the most pious man of his time".
religion of peace, Mr. Bush?