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May 12, 2004

20 Sadrists Dead in Karbala After Americans Storm Mosque

On the other hand, there's this story, which features at least 20 deserving new inhabitants of Hell:

Fighting raged in the Iraqi holy city of Karbala yesterday, partly destroying a mosque and leaving bodies scattered around the market, as American soldiers killed at least 20 gunmen loyal to the radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr.

The battle emphasised the determination of the US military to end a five-week Shia uprising.


A building behind the mosque was fired on, detonating a substantial arms cache, and US soldiers stormed the shattered mosque, chasing the insurgents into a hotel and alley.

By daylight half the mosque - which is located a few hundred yards from two of the holiest sites in Shia Islam, the shrines of the martyrs Hussein and Abbas - had been destroyed and several hotels were on fire.

Good. We're sick of their mosques being sanctuaries for murder and terror.

Previously American forces had kept out of Karbala and nearby Najaf, another holy city, after concerns that their presence could further inflame Iraqi fury, which is already outraged by the prisoner abuse photographs.

But it seems that in recent days negotiations with local tribal and religious leaders have convinced military leaders that many in the city would welcome efforts to evict Sadr's militiamen.

On Tuesday several hundred Iraqis marched in Najaf to demand Sadr's withdrawal and businessmen in both cities expressed frustration at the collapse of the local economy.

What a shock. Islamists maniacs with no skills whatsoever except chanting and seething cause collapse of local economy.

But then there's this:

... The coalition has made concessions.

On Tuesday, the American-appointed governor in Najaf suggested that US authorities were reconsidering their stated goal of "killing or capturing" Sadr. The US commander in the area said he was prepared to hand over security of the city to a locally raised security force that could include members of Sadr's Mahdi army.

We'd be angrier about this, except that we find ourselves caring less and less about which hateful racist maniacs in particular wind up running this shithole.

Sadr said yesterday: "The dissolution of the Mahdi army depends on the religious authorities. If they issue an edict to disband then we will disband."

Yeahp. We're on pins and needles waiting for all those moderate Muslim religious authorities to issue just such an edict.

June 30. We can't wait.

At this point, we're kinda hoping for civil war to break out on July 1.

Sure, it would destabilize the region and elect President John Forbes Kerry. But it would almost be worth it to see the looks on these people's faces.

By the Way... Why do these manaicas always assume that "72 virgins" means "72 female virgins"?

We're hoping it's actually 72 extremely-horny 14 year old boys with raging erections and a yen for hairy man-ass.

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