Insomnia (insomnia) wrote,

Bring 'em on?!

It's confirmed. Up to 30,000 more reservists will be sent to Iraq. Just in time, perhaps, because it looks like Iraqi officials are going to try charging Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr with the murder of Abdel Majid al-Khoei, who was stabbed to death by a mob shortly after returning to Iraq in April of this year.

Arresting al-Sadr is a big, big risk, in that it assumes that the US can discredit the one person in Iraq who dares to oppose the US. Not only could it foment a great deal of unrest, as Sadr has over a million supporters, but it could also encourage those angry at the US presence in their country to follow someone a whole lot smarter and more prone to violence than al-Sadr. Sadr becomes a martyr or political prisoner, and a dozen other radicals take his place...

Under the circumstances, 30,000 additional army reservists doesn't sound like all that many. It certainly doesn't sound like security.

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