Knight Of The Mind

I'll do my best to present a philosophical and generally conservative look at current events and life, the universe and everything. Readers are invited to take all that's posted herein with a grain of salt. or if they prefer, a grain of salt, a slice of lime and a shot of tequila.

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Greetings and welcome. My name is Steve, I'm 35 years old and I work for the US Army as an Operations Research Analyst. Hence my blog title Knight Of The Mind.

Friday, August 27, 2004

Muqtada Al-Sadr and The Religion Of Peace.

At least 25 bodies of executed civilians and police have been found in the basement of a religious court set up by rebel cleric Moqtadr al Sadr, according to AFP news agency.

Some of the bodies had been mutilated or burned, according to the reports.

-Sky News

It seems Muqtada Al-Sadr has operated a Star Chamber in the basement of one Najaf's holy buildings. This behavior reminds us all that we deal with the likes of Francisco Torquemada when we enter into agreements with Muqtada Al-Sadr.

Unfortunately, not everyone understands this fundamental fact. According to the same Sky News article referenced above,

Under the deal the Government agreed al Sadr would be "free to go anywhere he likes".

I can't help but noticing that these terms and conditions are far more generous and forgiving than anything "Mookie" offers to those that he captures and detains. Leaving Muqtada Al-Sadr free to do this again is despicable.

Ayatollah Al-Sistani should be made to give religious counciling to the families of Al-Sadr's victims and explain to them where in the Koran he finds it suggested that leading clerics should set up shop as judge, jury and executioner. He should have to advise these people as to what the deaths of their loved-ones meant, if Al-Sadr walks free to kill again.

Muqtada Al-Sadr will continue to cause havoc and despair to the average Iraqi citizen until he is captured and brought before a jury of his peers. Or at least a jury of Iraqui citizens if no one would willing consider Al-Sadr a peer.

Update I: Captain's Quarters ARTEP report card on Allawi, Al-Sadr, Al-Sistani, and the US tropps in Najaf.


"Reciprocals"

As you may or may not already be aware, members of the Watcher's Council hold a vote every week on what they consider to be the most link-worthy pieces of writing around... per the Watcher's instructions, I am submitting one of my own posts for consideration in the upcoming nominations process.
Here is the most recent winning council post, here is the most recent winning non-council post, here is the list of results for the latest vote, and here is the initial posting of all the nominees that were voted on.

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