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March 28, 2008


Dave M.

""The truth is the decrease of violence in Iraq has been accomplished by Moqtada al Sadr, not the surge. The shia leader established a cease fire for his Mahdi Militia and extended it until recently when his militia increased its violence and the myth of the surge crumbled. Now American forces are using armored units to try and quell the violence. Al Sadr controls the level of violence in Iraq, not George Bush, not John McCain. There is security there or isn't depending on his orders to his followers, not because Bush and McCain sent more American GI's.""

I'm sorry, but this is just flat-out wrong. Al Sadr is so regionalized that he is becoming a non-entity when talking about the country as a whole. . He has absolutely no control over the Kurds and the Anbar province, which make up about 2/3rds of Iraq. You should brush up on your Iraq before you speak.

John Morgan

Regionalized Dave? Sadr controls Baghdad and all of southern Iraq, all of Shia held and, now, "cleansed" Iraq. Cleansed because they have rid these areas of Sunnis through genocide in advance of the October elections. These are the regions where the worst of the violence has, and is, occurring. Brush up yourself please.

Dave M.

No, for years the Al Anbar province has been the most dangerous, including Fallujah, Haditha, Ramadi, Karmah, etc. where Al-Qaeda had been very active and the head choppers and car bombers most prevalent. I can't believe you think that the surge has not worked. You are in a distinct minority. And yes, Southern Iraq is a "region". Fact is, Sadr has very little power over the country as a whole. Maybe you should get more information. Michael Totten, a journalist, has been there for a while. He is unbiased. Just wrote for the New York Times, but does not have a liberal bias, thank god.

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