January 24, 2007

Muqtada al-Sadr Interview

Filed under: politics — ted @ 2:46 pm

On ‘Just World News’ you can read an English translation of a recent interview with Muqtada al-Sadr, Iraq’s newest number one bad guy, which was published in the Italian paper La Repubblica. It’s short, intense, and fascinating.

A few clips:

[Q3] Do you mean you are going to disarm?

[A3] The Qur’án forbids killing in the month of Muharram [21 January through 18 February 2007]. So they’ll do all the killing then. There is no better time for a true believer to die, Paradise is guaranteed. But God is merciful, we are not all going to die. After Muharram, we’ll see.

[Q8] If you were not there yourself [at Saddam’s execution], do you deny that there were a lot of your men in that room?

[A8] No, they were not my men. They were people paid to discredit me. To make me look like the person really responsible for that hanging. Listen to the audio again, the proof is that in reciting my prayer they left out some basic passages. Stuff that not even a child in Sadr City would ever have done. The object was to make Muqtadá look like the real enemy of the Sunnis. And they’re getting away with it. At a time when I have been received with full honours in Saudi Arabia! But suddenly after that show under the scaffold, my spokesman al-Zarqání, who was on the pilgrimage to Mecca, has been arrested. A subtle way to let me know that I am no longer on their list of friends.

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