April 9th, 2004


On war and weblogs.

I was extremely pleased to see two new posts on http://turningtables.blogspot.com . I loved his discussion with Riverbend and his tragicomic observation on the bizarrely wired nature of this war.

"Awhile back i actually saw a young troop on cnn who had started blogging from iraq...he got half a million hits the first day...he was pro war and he wanted to point out all the good that is happening in iraq...then he was wounded by a I.E.D....irony isn't a strong enough word..."

I'll go on record now and say that victory and defeat in future wars will be decided not by force of arms, but by webloggers. Their public conversations will make or break political careers, exalting some above all others, while triggering massive whuffie crashes and ignominious defeat for others, along with the death of their non-hoopy memes.

Rats leave sinking ship. News at eleven.

Whatever people might say about Moqtada Al-Sadr, have no doubt that he can be a pretty persuasive guy at times.

A member of Iraq's governing council had a meeting with Moqtada Al-Sadr -- austensibly to find a way to halt the violence -- and promptly decided to quit. (Al-Sadr should meet with Bush too!)

And he's not the only Iraqi to leave the council in the past few days. He probably won't be the last, either. **UPDATE - I was right, apparently.** Bremer is going to look ridiculous if he has to appoint fresh quislings on a daily basis. (I hear the janitor was just named Minister of Sanitation...)

So, for those of you who -- like our president -- who believe in the Book of Revelations, how should Moqtada Al-Sadr be viewed? Does Bush see him as some kind of antichrist... or just a silver-tongued devil? Maybe Bush is doing his utmost to bring about Armaggedon in the Middle East. After all, what does it matter if the whole region explodes, if all the Christians are lifted up into the heavens ahead of time, right?!

Who knows. Perhaps Al-Sadr really is the Messiah Kwisatz Haderach Mahdi. The scary thing is, many of his followers believe it.

I fully expect Moqtada Al-Sadr to go down like his father did... preaching against the government, dressed in his funeral shroud. The U.S. had better hope they can either negotiate with him or take him alive, because when it comes to Iraq, nobody knows how to do martyrdom like an Al-Sadr. Nobody.