"Patriotism is the willingness to kill and be killed for trivial reasons." Bertrand Russell

Saturday, July 22, 2006

A democratic Iraq?

Juan Cole is 'unsure':

In Iraq, young Shiite clerical nationalist Muqtada al-Sadr gave an incendiary sermon in which he

' predicted Israel would collapse like New York's twin towers on Sept 11, 2001, if Sunnis and Shiites join in their fight. "I will continue defending my Shiite and Sunni brothers, and I tell them that if we unite, we will defeat Israel without the use of weapons," Sadr said during a speech in the southern city Iraqi city of Kufa. '

Yes, Bush has certainly created a model democracy in Iraq. (Muqtada has 30 members in parliament, and in conjunction with the Da'wa Party, he is a king maker in the new system).