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Born at the Crest of the Empire

Monday, July 31, 2006

Sistani on Lebanon

Iraqi PM Nour al-Maliki's statements on Lebanon made big ripples in the US domestic press and politics, (How dare our puppet not do what we want?) but in the end, his statements were only significant in that they reflected the majority Shia opinion in Iraq. He's got his hands full right now and, frankly, not even the people of Iraq listen to him anymore.

On the other hand, when Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani says it, we had better listen.
"Islamic nations will not forgive the entities that hinder a cease-fire," al-Sistani said, in a clear reference to the United States.

"It is not possible to stand helpless in front of this Israeli aggression on Lebanon," he added. "If an immediate cease-fire in this Israeli aggression is not imposed, dire consequences will befall the region."

Sistani who has a significant following throughout the Shia world has been a consistent and strident voice against Shia violence in Iraq which gives this veiled threat a lot more meaning.

"words are unable to condemn this crime that was carried out by those who got rid of all humanitarian values."

"The size of the catastrophe in Lebanon resulting from the continuation of the Israeli aggression has reached a point that cannot tolerate more patience and we cannot stand idle toward it."


  • It's not so veiled, imho. Correct me if I am wrong, and I'm not, but pundits on the right have lionized him as peace-maker, when it fit their interests. Now?

    By Blogger copy editor, at 1:44 PM  

  • Frankly, he has been a moderating force reining in some of the more aggressive Shia groups.

    He hasn't, by any means, said that they should lay down their arms, but he has also been a strong proponent of a political solution.

    So, I would call him a moderate, not a peacemaker.

    And as for what the propagandists might do to him? All they have to do is pull out and update all the Khomeni gear.

    Will the consumers of that simple storyline even concern themselves with facts. We are at war with Sistani. We have always been at war with Sistani.


    By Blogger mikevotes, at 3:04 PM  

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