Many of al-Sadr's followers in the holy city of Najaf and Karbala have been hunted down and killed by the U.S. over the past few days, just miles away from the holy shrines and glittering minerets. Just miles from the thin line between publically acceptable military action and a holy war which could engulf all of Iraq. The U.S. are playing a very dangerous game.
So, al-Sadr has returned to the mosque where his brave, defiant father gave his final sermon, dressed in his white death shroud, ready for Saddam to strike him down.
It remains to be seen what Moqtada al-Sadr will say for himself, for he is clearly not his father... but today, peace in Iraq may weigh heavily on the clothes he decides to wear.