The renegade cleric Muqtada al-Sadr urged Iraqi forces to stop cooperating with the United States and told his guerrilla fighters to concentrate their attacks on American troops rather than Iraqis, according to a statement issued Sunday.
The statement, stamped with al-Sadr's official seal, was distributed in the Shiite holy city of Najaf on Sunday — a day before a large demonstration there, called for by al-Sadr, to mark the fourth anniversary of the fall of Baghdad.
"You, the Iraqi army and police forces, don't walk alongside the occupiers, because they are your archenemy," the statement said. Its authenticity could not be verified.
Well, it looks like the Mookie has decided to pick a fight. Why is he pulling this 180 at this time? Well, he kind of has too. If he is to get to where he wants to get to he needs to attract more followers, and the best way to do that is to engage American forces. While he will lose in the short term, he is looking past our occupation to the day he gets to go toe to toe with the Badr Brigade for all the extravagant wealth that lies below the soil in Southern Iraq.
It will happen if we stay ten more day, or ten more years. Why are we still there?