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The fall and fall of the House of Sadr

February 28th, 2007
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  1. wilful
    February 28th, 2007 at 11:10 | #1

    Actually, more relevantly, aren’t Glenn Reynolds chronicles too unimportant to post?

  2. February 28th, 2007 at 12:29 | #2

    hear, hear!

  3. Legionair
    February 28th, 2007 at 13:51 | #3

    Insta never relents in his support for the Bush debacle. Here, he con tinues abut the enemies fall when in fact our military should have taken out this dude’s militia a long time ago. But No. We kissed the Prime Minister hypopcritical butt and did nothing. Till now. And so now Insta tells us how ell his mentor is doing!

  4. February 28th, 2007 at 15:59 | #4

    Really Pr Q, its lowering the critical bar by indulging in gotcha pot-shooting at Instapundit. Like shooting fish in a barrell.

  5. Paul Kelly the journo, footy player etc
    February 28th, 2007 at 16:04 | #5

    Perhaps Moqtada once stole Glenn’s girlfriend.

  6. February 28th, 2007 at 16:28 | #6

    Responding to Nick Cohen’s impassioned, but wrong-headed, denunciation of the Left for politically abandoning Iraq would be a better use of your critical talents. A critique of the Left from the Left is always interesting, as fans of C. Wright Mills will attest.

    (PS I deny Cohen’s premise, that the post-modernish Left is being ill-ideological in its lack-lustre enthusiasm for the liberal democratic project in Iraq. For one thing, foreign policy always has an un-ideological Machiavellian aspect given the national interest objective.

    Also, the Left tends to support low-status, the Right high-status – irrespective of substantial ideological issues. In foreign policy the post-Vietnam war Left has tended to support, or not oppose, lower-status Southern “rogues” in any fight against higher-status-quo Northern powers.

    So it is quite logical for the Left to not be too ideologically phased by the Iraqi catastrophe. The higher-status Northern power (the Bush’s US admin) is taking a beating there, which is all to the good from the Left’s perspective.)

  7. jquiggin
    February 28th, 2007 at 17:37 | #7

    You’re right Jack and wilful, but I’m overwhelmed with work at the moment, and I just thought I’d throw this in to amuse you guys until I get time to do something substantive.

  8. February 28th, 2007 at 20:58 | #8

    I want to say enjoyed the response from John to Jack.

  9. Peter Wood
    March 1st, 2007 at 01:47 | #9

    The International Crisis Group have an interesting report on al-Sadr, which is available from:

    http://www.crisisgroup.org/home/index.cfm?id=4210&l=1

    I have gotten the impression that because the Mahdi army have engaged in operations agains the occupation forces, they are portrayed in a less favourable light than the Badr brigades, which are the other Shia militia which has ben accused of human rights abuses, but don’t seem to involved in attacks on US forces.

    The irony is that Iran supports the SCIRI and the Badr brigades more than other parties, although their policies are more favourable to the US than other parties. The US gave SCIRI leader al-Hakim the red carpet treatment when he visited the US a few months or so ago.

  10. snuh
    March 1st, 2007 at 11:01 | #10

    “A critique of the Left from the Left…”

    did you know that nick cohen is considering voting tory at the upcoming london mayoral elections? true story.

  11. O6
    March 1st, 2007 at 13:37 | #11

    Snuh, Cohen’s move could relate more to the current mayor, Red Ken, and his very extreme views on Israel and related matters than to ‘the left’s’ failure to stay moral, coherent, etc. (in cohen’s view). Or Cohen mightn’t like paying the increased congestion charge, a worthwhile global warming intiative that the NSW govt could emulate for Sydney, reversing Bob Carr’s grotesque hand-out to motor commuters.

  12. zebbidie
    March 1st, 2007 at 21:15 | #12

    Or maybe Cohen has grown fat, old and (hence) conservative and seeks to blame his conversion on the left rather than on his own inability to hold his convictions.

    Denial ain’t just a river in Egypt y’know.

  13. theCoach
    March 8th, 2007 at 01:47 | #13

    Thanks – I keep linking back to the original on CT, but it always takes me a few minutes because this is kind of an addendum to that post. I link to that post, because I think it is one of the clearest exposures of Glenn Reynolds simply being wrong about just about everything.

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