I could not believe the sight of Muqtada As-Sadr today. The rally was massive: hundreds of thousands of people attended in a scene reminiscent of rallies of Party of God in Lebanon. But what was most astonishing was the performance of As-Sadr himself. Here was this petulant and ill-tempered man of 5 years ago who used to speak in short and hesitant sentences now appearing as a forceful and capable public speaker who knew who to handle a crowd. It was quite remarkable how much he has grown as a public speaker. This formerly consistently bad-tempered man now was able to sprinkle humor into the speech and to lead the crowd in a chant against the US and Israel. When I watched the hundreds of thousands chanting in unison against US and Israel, I remembered the promises made by the London-based Iraqi puppet opposition that the "new" US-occupied Iraq would lead the country toward peace with Israel. Fat chance.Hundreds of thousands? Really? On CNN I heard "tens of thousands" attended. This article says Sadr gave his speech in front of "thousands" and so does this one. The Angry Arab (Lebanese American professor in California) loves any talk about "resistance" to the US & Israel, and apparently so do the Sadrists.
Sunday, January 09, 2011
No chance of peace between Iraq & Israel?
Fat chance, says the Angry Arab, who seems to be impressed with the "new and improved" Muqtada al Sadr: