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Posted on 04/16/2008 5:42:05 PM PDT by nuconvert
Murder's Mess for Muqtada
April 16, 2008
New York Post
Riad al-Noori liked to boast that a "host of angels" protected him, along with his 250 heavily armed bodyguards. Yet, he has just been gunned down in his home in Najaf, Iraq's principal "holy" city, by a three-man hit team that managed to get away without any of the angels or bodyguards making a move.
Noori was a bad man but an important player in the dirtiest corner of Iraqi Shiite politics. He headed the special bureau of Muqtada al-Sadr, the maverick mullah sponsored by Tehran. Himself a mullah, Noori was also married to Muqtada's favorite sister. The two were as thick as thieves. More importantly, perhaps, Noori distributed a good part of the Iranian money in Iraq.
Noori's removal from the scene leaves Muqtada without his eminence grise and his Mahdi Army without its ideologist.
The fact that Noori died on exactly the same day that he and his cohorts had killed Khoei and Rufaii five years ago makes the episode look like an execution.
In rule by fiat, as was the case under Saddam Hussein, a single despot exercised power. In rule by the gun, a few thousand militiamen and other criminals project power through violence. In rule by fatwa, half a dozen mullahs claim the power of life and death over a nation. Only in a system based on free elections does everyone have a share of power.
Iraq has said goodbye to rule by fiat and is in no mood to succumb to rule by fatwa. The militias must be disarmed so that the new Iraqi state can grow.
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I somehow hope the Iranian mullahs issue a Fatwa and Fat@ass Mookie’s “army” continues their path toward irrelevancy and suicide.
They see what we've got. Freedom.
They want it.
But then, I suppose Mookie has more body guards and more angels than Noori had protecting him. Lets hope he keeps believing all the way to the morgue.
Thanks for the concise update.
“The fact that Noori died on exactly the same day that he and his cohorts had killed Khoei and Rufaii five years ago makes the episode look like an execution.”
Payback. It is a b...