Shiite religious leaders delivered a searing message from the radical Shiite cleric Moktada al-Sadr at Friday prayers condemning the American presence in Iraq, while militiamen loyal to Sadr fought Iraqi Army soldiers in southwestern Baghdad, suggesting a resurgence of organized Shiite militia activity.
I have a better idea that will facilitate Mr. Sadr's request, much faster. How about this?
"PYY condemns the actions of the all of the miltias currently operating in Iraq. Furthermore we call for Mr. al- Sadr and all of his followers, as well as the Sunni fighters, to report to their local police headquarters, drop their weapons, lay flat on the ground with their hands in behind their head and their fingers interlocked. Maybe with the marked increase in workload you may want to make appointments."
Call ahead, we'll arrest you when you get here?
How's that for marketing?
Anyway, if the criminal elements of both sides were to stop the violence, there would be no need to stay. Would there? Hence, withdrawal could begin. But as per usual, there's this religious, zealotry-driven, machismo kind of thing that incites these people to do things like place kids in suicide attack cars, just to kill infidels and each other.
And as we all know, they can be pretty stubborn sometimes.