Saturday, January 15, 2011

Iraq: We lost

In a triumphal return after more than three years in Iran, militant cleric Muqtada al Sadr called on his followers Saturday to abandon the use of violence and channel their efforts into the new Iraqi government, while demanding an end to U.S. influence in Iraq.

"We do not kill Iraqis. We do not raise our hand to kill an Iraqi man," he told thousands of flag-waving men who packed the street outside his home in this city of shrines sacred to Iraqi Shiites. Only those authorized should carry weapons, and his followers shouldn't use violence against foreigners or Iraqis, he said. And he called for only "cultural" and "intellectual" resistance against what he described as the U.S. "occupation."

We lost the war.

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