Hussein said, “Ya Allah,” preparing himself for the platform he stood on to open up.
Suddenly, witnesses recalled, the room erupted in Shiite religious chants as the Shiite Muslims in the audience seized the moment they had long sought. One man yelled, “Moqtada, Moqtada, Moqtada,” unveiling his loyalty to radical anti-American cleric Moqtada al-Sadr.
Hussein smiled, the witnesses said, and asked sarcastically, “Moqtada?”
…”Long live Muhammad Bakr Sadr,” yelled another voice. Bakr Sadr was the uncle of Moqtada al-Sadr and founder of the Dawa party, of which Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is a senior leader.
Some explanation: Moqrada al-Sadr is the “terrorist” we are now preparing to “surge” our troops to fight. The Dawa party is tied to the Sadrists. The Shiites are what Saddam and the “insurgency” calls “Persians” because they are allied with Iran.
Bush invaded Iraq, and this group now leading that country is the inevitable result of Bush’s – and America’s – terrible, terrible mistake.