[Marxism] Sadr backs UN peacekeepers

David McDonald dbmcdonald at comcast.net
Mon Apr 19 11:41:06 MDT 2004




      This is a bold move on al-Sadr's part. He has seized on the fact that
the US has de facto agreed to negotiate with him and made an offer the US
must refuse, to its discredit and further (if it is possible) loss of
credibility as the US tries to explain, well, why not?.

      Sadr has already called for a halt on attacks on the Spanish soldiers,
saying they must be protected on their way out of Iraq.

      He is a politician as well as organizer and a thoughtful leader
careful to amass allies and split enemies as he leads at least a section of
his people in battle against US imperialism, and, having fought them to a
standstill, proposes a realistic end to the US occupation in the extremely
immediate future. He has leapt to the political struggle and taken the
initiative without missing a beat. He can't really be ignored at this point.

      David McDonald


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      Sadr backs UN peacekeepers

      Apr 19 2004 01:29:26:940PM


      Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr has reversed his opposition to the
deployment of UN peacekeepers in Iraq as long as certain conditions are met.

      Najaf, Iraq - Radical Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr has reversed his
opposition to the deployment of UN peacekeepers in Iraq as long as certain
conditions are met, a close aide said on Monday.

      "We favour the despatch of such a force on condition that it be made
up of Muslim countries or countries which did not join the occupation of
Iraq, such as Russia, France or Germany," Qais al-Khazaali, spokesperson for
Sadr's banned Mehdi Army militia said.

      He also said the UN force must entrust law and order duties to Iraqi
security forces.

      Sadr, who is wanted in connection with the murder of a rival pro-US
cleric, had previously rejected any role for the UN in Iraq, arguing that
the world body was taking its orders from the US-led occupation forces.

      In an interview with Bulgarian television broadcast on Sunday,
Khazaali demanded UN troops replace the US-led coalition forces.

      He said it was "in the interest of the whole world to send
peacekeeping forces under the UN flag" to Iraq.






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