This guy just won’t go away. After appearing for a while to have given up armed insurrection for political methods, he’s back to his old ways. In a big way.
300-400 of his loyal followers have been killed in the past week or so, and they just keep piling up.
“I will continue fighting,” al-Sadr told reporters. “I will remain in Najaf city until the last drop of my blood has been spilled.”
Al-Sadr’s words were a challenge to interim Prime Minister Ayad Allawi, who visited the war-shattered city Sunday under heavy security and called on the Shiite militants to stop fighting.
“We think that those armed should leave the holy sites and the (Imam Ali Shrine compound) as well as leave their weapons and abide by the law,” he said.
As for his blood, he seems to be insisting that someone spill it for him.
So far, five American and four Iraqi troops have been killed in the fighting. Darth Sader has lost between 1500-2000 between this recent round of fighting and battles earlier in the year.
I forgot to note this Cox & Forkum cartoon from last week:
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