The Corner

Sadr

The more I read about this yutz, the more it seems clear to me that he’s, well, a yutz. He’s not a religious leader — though even if he was that doesn’t absolve him of criminal acts — he’s an ambitious political thug in the tradition of all political thugs (Che, Mao, Stalin and countless more who died before attaining the fame necessary to be remembered). He’s using poor, angry, disenfranchised men as, literally, Black Shirts. It was his newspaper which was — rightly — shut down last week and he incited violence this week only because there was an arrest warrant coming his way and he wanted to change the subject. It has to be done carefully, and ideally it would be done by the Iraqis themselves, but this guy needs to be squished.