According to witnesses, Sadr's people looted the complex, making off with generators, computers, furniture and even cars, saying it was war booty - and are still in control of the base. This, by the way, is at least the third former British base to be looted in Iraq soon after their departure.
In a written statement, Sadr recently congratulated his followers for driving the British out of Basra.
"We heard and you heard too, of the intention of British troops to withdraw from our beloved southern Iraq. Congratulations are due to us, to you and to the honest resistance . . . I renew our demand for the occupier to get out of Iraq and to set a timetable for that approved by the Iraqi people. No one has the right to extend their stay."
Sounds like the Sadr Express is picking up steam. After it consolidates power in Basra, I would be very much surprised if they don't shift the fight to the north. Things could get a whole lot nastier for those Americans left behind once 'The Surge' recedes.
So, how *do* you ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake? Something tells me that we're going to find out.