Friday, June 13, 2008

Meanwhile, Over There: The surge is working. Long live the surge.

Thanks to the so-called surge, things in Iraq are going swimmingly*:

Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr is establishing a new fighting force to battle U.S.-led troops in Iraq, he said in a letter read in Iraqi mosques Friday.

Muqtada al-Sadr says his new group will focus exclusively on battling U.S.-led forces in Iraq.

Al-Sadr's letter said that "the resistance will be exclusively conducted by only one group. This new group will be defined soon by me."

Al-Sadr's militia, the Mehdi Army, has a strong and ubiquitous presence in Shiite cities, towns and neighborhoods.

... In the letter, al-Sadr said, "The weapons will be held exclusively by this new group, and they should be pointed exclusively at the occupier," adding that he will forbid the group "to target anyone else."

The letter added, "We will not stop resisting the occupation until liberation or martyrdom."
So we should really just start counting the hours until Iraqis decide they like being occupied by foreigners from half a world away. Speaking of which, Al Sadr seems to be taking the chatter about Iraqi sovereignty seriously:
An agreement between the United States and Iraq to allow U.S. troops to remain operating in Iraq past 2008 should be put to a popular referendum, Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr urged in an online message to his followers.
Well, it was an online message -- quite possibly a blog post. No doubt he understands, as all Serious Persons do, that sovereignty (like torture) depends entirely on who is doing the doing.

Good times.

* I assume everyone reading this blog is either George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, John McSame, or a shareholder of Halliburton.

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