Monday, March 07, 2016

Back in Black

Three-time insurrectionist Moqtada al-Sadr is back stirring up Shias in Iraq. We will yet regret that he lives.

Watch this man. He is dangerous:

... Moktada al-Sadr, the cleric and political provocateur whose command of the Iraqi Shiite street is unmatched, stepped up to the rail of a makeshift stage on the rooftop of an old girls school and appealed to the people’s grievances in terms at once revolutionary and patriotic.

“After today, the prime minister has to act!” he said. Referring to the barricaded heart of the central government, he said, “Today we are at the door of the Green Zone, and tomorrow the people will be inside!”

The time is ripe for demagogues again in Iraq, where the public is seething with anger over corruption, a grinding war and a collapse in oil prices that has shaken the economy. With an ineffective political class unable to rise above internal scheming, Iraq is struggling to face its most pressing concerns, the main one being winning the war with the Islamic State and reuniting the country.

I've long warned about this man. He should have been jailed, executed, or killed in combat operations a long time ago.

But no, Sadr is part of the Shia backers for Abadi to (rightly) combat corruption:

Iraq's main Shi'ite groups on Sunday voiced support for Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's plan to overhaul the government and combat corruption, state TV said.

Do no let Sadr gain influence and popular support.

We will regret that this breathing piece of garbage stalks the land again. ISIL isn't the only problem Iraq has.