How To Recognize Good Guys (They Fight Bad Guys)

Bush Urges Unity in Iraq Government,” by Daniela Deane, Washington Post, 28 February 2006, http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/02/28/AR2006022800618.html.

Security: Power To The People,” by John Robb, Fast Company, March 2006, http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/103/essay-security.html (from ZenPundit).

Sadr City Hit by Wave of Bombings,” by Tom Iggulden, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 13 March 2006, http://www.abc.net.au/lateline/content/2006/s1590586.htm.

With all this defense spending, where is the SysAdmin’s money?,” by Tom Barnett, Thomas P.M. Barnett :: Weblog, 13 March 2006, http://www.thomaspmbarnett.com/weblog/archives2/003049.html.

Sadr City Vigilantes Execute Accused Insurgents,” by Paul McGeough, The Sydney Morning Herald, 15 March 2006, http://smh.com.au/news/world/sadr-city-vigilantes-execute-accused-insurgents/2006/03/14/1142098460864.html.

Al-Qaeda to blame, says Al-Sadr,” The Hindu, 14 March 2006, http://www.hindu.com/2006/03/14/stories/2006031404231300.htm.

While George Bush caves into terrorists, Iraq’s natural government continues to form. Even while the US gives the green light to terrorists, armed suburbs stand up to protect themselves.

The latest news comes from Muqtada al Sadr’s Mahdi Army, who apparently have executed four al Qaeda in Iraq terrorists that perputrated the Samara Mosque Bombing. This event, Iraq’s 9/11, was predictably greeted with promises of appeasement by US authorities. Iraq’s on the ground, who see their religion and life threatened by murderers, where less cowed.

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Obviously, standing up to terrorists has costs — costs George Bush isn’t willing to pay. Sadr City, where the insurgents were executed, was predictably bombed in retaliation.

Because of the incompetent public-sector “reconstruction” of Iraq,” we’ve ended up making Sadr and his City our near-enemies. This is idiotic. We hate al Qaeda and want a self-determining Iraq people. So do they. Unless George Bush succeeds in pulling defeat from the jaws of victory, Sadr will end as a valuable and natural U.S. ally in the region.

Sadr’s useless, but not for long. His future is coming on.