May 4, 2010

Visions of Muqtada al-Maliki

Al Jazeera is reporting that, after one failed attempt, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's State of Law Alliance has joined forces with the Iraqi National Alliance (INA), spearheaded by cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. In theory they would be four seats short of forming a government.

Ibrahim al-Jaafari, a former PM, Abdul Razzaq al-Kadhimi, an INA advisor, and State of Law officials made their announcement during a press conference on Tuesday.

"An agreement was reached to form a parliamentary bloc through the union of the two blocs, the State of Law Alliance and the Iraqi National Alliance," the officials said in a statement.

Their actions come right in the middle of al-Maliki’s recount. But while the situation is extremely fluid and may change tomorrow, the future seems to be trending towards a Maliki-Sadr alliance as US forces withdraw.

Do you think US officials saw that coming?


  1. Nice work:

    If the West is surprised, and or shocked by this, then they should just raise the white flag.
    I have said it many times and i will say it again.
    Iraq will be a quasi-Shia Islamic Republic. Courtesy of our illegal attack on that country.
    Many people have discounted Al Sadr. Well they had better think again. Wonder how is studies in Iran are going on becoming an Ayatollah.

  2. Thanks for the PR... As for al-Sadr I've read expects to complete his Ayatollah studies within 8 years, which is fairly quick and follows his father's young rise to Ayatollah. He would be just 44. The short term prediction - and it's an easy one - is that al-Sadr, who refuses to enter Iraq while occupied by US forces, triumphantly returns as the last US soldier leaves.

    Going further out on a limb, I can't see why he won't become the elected or religious leader of Iraq in 15-20 years.

  3. LOL
    Your time horizon is always much further out there than mine.

    I have read that he is a quick study.:-)

  4. I have long-term visions of him, unless he gets himself killed.


    OH, OH. LOL.