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Heavy-Handed Politics

"€œGod willing, with the force of God behind it, we shall soon experience a world
without the United States and Zionism."€ -- Iran President Ahmadi-Nejad

Friday, April 11, 2008


"Disregard what we told you last week."

"Mainstream" journalists in Iraq haven't said that in so many words. But the stories they're writing this week say it implicitly.

On March 31, six days of fighting between Iraqi government forces and the Iranian-backed militia nominally headed by the Shia cleric Moqtada al Sadr subsided when al Sadr asked for a cease fire and his forces abandoned the battlefield. We were told at the time the government of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki had suffered a humiliating defeat.

But this week's stories make clear that Mr. Maliki is not acting like someone who has suffered a humiliating defeat, and Mr. al Sadr is not behaving like someone who has won a big victory.

That's because Moqtada's "Mahdi Army" has been getting its clock cleaned - to the dismay of our journalists.

- - By Jack Kelly

Related news from Yahoo! News:
Top aide to al-Sadr assassinated in Iraq.


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