Skip to comments.Sadr takes break from politics, cites failures
Posted on 03/08/2008 10:50:00 PM PST by atomic conspiracy
BAGHDAD - Iraq's elusive Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr has decided to drop out of politics for the time being because his disillusionment with the political scene in Iraq has left him sick and anxious, he said in an unusually personal letter to his followers released Friday. In a written response to a query from a group of followers asking why he hadn't been seen in public for so long, Sadr said he had decided to devote himself to a period of study, reflection and prayer after failing in his core mission to rid Iraq of the U.S. occupation or to turn it into an Islamic society. He also cited the betrayal of some followers, whom he accused of falling prey to "materialistic" politics. "So far I did not succeed either to liberate Iraq or make it an Islamic society -- whether because of my own inability or the inability of society, only God knows," Sadr wrote. "The continued presence of the occupiers, on the one hand, and the disobedience of many on the other, pushed me to isolate myself in protest. I gave society a big proportion of my life. Even my body became weaker, I got more sicknesses." Speculation has been intensifying as to the whereabouts of the maverick cleric, whose Mahdi Army militia twice fought U.S. troops in 2004 and then was accused of many of the sectarian killings of Sunnis that pushed Iraq to the brink of civil war. His last public statement came two weeks ago, when he renewed the six-month cease-fire that has been credited with helping bring down the levels of violence in Iraq. But he has not been seen in public since May.
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In other words he got beat and he knows it.
I bet those “letters” from Sadr to his goons, are the same as reports on Castros “excellent” health. I hope Sadr is rotting in an Iranian hospital.
Maybe he has seen the lightTurned a new page
... hell, screw that. Lets IED hisazz first chance we get. On principal.
I can reduce the story into a eight short words.
We lost, I do not want to die.
When you use relentless blunt force as General Petraeus has done, You win over the hearts and minds in the correct way...
any proof he’s alive? anyone can write letters in his name
He's said "Allah willing" so many times maybe he's finally come to the realization that He isn't.
The leftards with their rant-o-chant about how the surge has failed, etc etc... kind of reminds me of good ol’ Baghdad Bob.
Real or not, it’s very demoralizing to the Shi’ah for this to be out there. That’s a good thing.
Good analogy. LOL
When I think back to how things were here a year ago and look at how they are now, it is truly amazing. The coalition and the Iraqis have made giant strides in having the Iraqis properly trained to take over their own security. Al Qaeda and the militias have lost control of this and the Iraqi citizens have finally realized that they are empowered to do their share in achieving peace. They are beginning to recognize what true freedom is and I personally think that five years is a very short time for them to have come this far.
yeah it actually doesn’t sound like the positive spin someone would write to prop up a dead Bernie. So maybe he is alive...but defeated.
An article yesterday on FR claimed he had been poisoned and was in a coma. It was from a ME site.
Or am I imagining this?
Here it is ... Sadr comatose in hospital:
“”So far I did not succeed either to liberate Iraq or make it an Islamic society — whether because of my own inability or the inability of society, only God knows,” Sadr wrote.”
It is Allah’s Will that you fail!
I had read an article a few days ago that Mookie was in an Iranian hospital in a coma from some sort of poisioning.
Or am I imagining this?
No, you're not imagining it. That rumor has been floated out. What's interesting is that the Iraqis don't seem to be buying into it. I live in a Shi'ite part of town, but most of the Iraqis I know think Sadr is a pain-in-the-butt troublemaker. They say his followers are all a bunch of easily-led idiots. However, they don't seem to believe the coma story...at least not yet.