Where In the World Is Mookie Al-Sadr?
By R. Moran
Muqtada al-Sadr, the firebrand anti-American Shia cleric whose Mahdi Militia has fought the US military almost constantly since the occupation began has up and gone missing.Or at least faded into the background:
On March 3 a Kuwaiti news article translated by MEMRI claimed that the notorious Iraqi militia leader Moqtada al-Sadr was in an Iranian hospital, comatose from “food poisoning”. The rumor capped one of the most bizarre political absences in recent recent Iraq history. Sadr was a powerful politician who led the Madhi Army militia in Iraq.
His forces had fought the US Marines in Najaf; challenged the Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani for the leadership of Shi’ism in Iraq; built extensive alliances with the Ayatollahs in Teheran and aspired to create a force the equal of Lebanon’s Hezbollah. The Nation’s Naomi Klein even called him “the single greatest threat to U.S. military and economic control of Iraq.”
Suddenly, having declared a ceasefire with US forces in Iraq, Sadr vanished from the scene, having left for Iran. His ostensible purpose: to study theology.
Al-Sadr apparently has decided that he has been something of a failure and that he needs to rethink his strategy: