November 30, 2007

More Iraqi Reconciliation- Sistani: Shi’a Must Protect Sunnis
— DrewM

We hear a lot about the need for ‘political progress’ in Iraq but what most critics of US efforts in Iraq mean when they say that is really a list of items congressional Democrats insisted the administration come up with. Sometimes societies make progress in ways unplanned by people half a world away.

The Tank at NRO has what looks like a pretty big story about reconciliation in Iraq that has gotten zero play in the media (shocking, I know).

Leading Shiite cleric in Iraq Ali Sistani Tuesday banned the killing of Iraqis, particularly the Sunnis, and urged the Shiites to protect their brother Sunnis.

Sistani bans the Iraqi blood in general the blood of Sunnis in particular. His announcement came during a meeting with a delegation from Sunni clerics from southern and northern Iraq. The clerics are visiting Najaf to participate in the first national conference for Ulemaa of Shiites and Sunnis.

Sistani called on the Shiites to protect their Sunni brothers, according to Sheikh Khaled Al-Mulla, head of the authority of Ulemaa of Southern Iraq, noting that the Fatwa of Sistani would have positive impacts nationwide.

"I am a servant of all Iraqis, there is no difference between a Sunni, a Shitte or a Kurd or a Christian," Al-Mulla quoted Sistani as saying during the meeting.

The link to The Tank has more on the story and the importance of Sistani’s statement.

I am sure that the advocates of surrender will claim that this isn’t political progress since the government didn’t do it. The fact is, one of the most important elements of any national political process is delegitimizing the idea that it’s okay to kill your neighbor for religious or any other reason.

I’m sure the left is busy packing up the goal posts for another trip across the field as we speak.

Posted by: DrewM at 07:04 AM | Comments (26)
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1 Eh, Sistani's been saying this stuff off and on for a long time now, like since 2004 at least.  Actions speak a whole lot louder than words, especially with the Arab/Muslim crowd.

Posted by: funky chicken at November 30, 2007 07:14 AM (I+jPP)



I agree. But this strrikes me as the first time he has so forcefully stated it.

Posted by: eddiebear at November 30, 2007 07:27 AM (wnU1W)


I think you have that backwards Ms. Chicken. 

Fatwahs are just words

Al Jezera is just words

Stereotypical Arab rumors are just words

These vehicles for words are what causes the actions in the Arab states.  Not the otherway around.  

Posted by: polynikes at November 30, 2007 07:27 AM (m2CN7)


NPR this morning drops the bomb that most Republican candidates are wrong when they speak of Iraq as part of the war on "Islamic Fascism" and "Global Jihad"... because you see, "most jihadis in Iraq are now locals"!

But... but, what happened to all those thousands of foreign jihadis that were flowing in from Iran, Syria, and Saudi that we heard about all the time... you know the ones we were creating by the busload?

Maybe they have taken a "dirt-nap repentence"... the kind you never backslide from.

Posted by: sherlock at November 30, 2007 07:30 AM (ojW85)



Whatever happens, remember it is ALWAYS Bush's fault.

Posted by: eddiebear at November 30, 2007 07:34 AM (wnU1W)

6 Allow me to stick my fingers in my ears and say LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA......

Posted by: Defeatist Dead-End Lefties at November 30, 2007 07:50 AM (GFaLW)

7 Maybe Sistani can come here and train Pelosi and Reid how to achieve political progress, since they are obviously stuck deep in a quagmire up on Capitol Hill. Then, Sistani can step down and redeploy as our own people step-up and take over from him.

Posted by: roy at November 30, 2007 07:54 AM (QBYjk)


Just like the State Department, Congressmen are, by nature, central government guys.  If the central government is not the one doing something, that something must be denigrated.

May Viceroy Paul Bremer suck the BCOS.

Posted by: toby928 at November 30, 2007 08:07 AM (evdj2)


Moving the goal posts has already started at their mind Murtha didn't say any such thing and republiscums are just cherry picking his words to make it sound like he actually had something positive to say about the surge in Iraq.

Their little pea brains will NEVER wrap around the concept of American and Iraqi victory, let alone progress, in the chimpymchaliburtoncheanywarforoil effort to stabilize a democratic government and free millions of people.

We've lost the war no matter what....NO MATTER WHAT DAMMIT!!!!

Posted by: Bosk at November 30, 2007 08:23 AM (+aNmG)

10 Isn't this exactly what the neocons said was going to happen? We go in, kick ass, set up a democracy, and watch Iran fall. With Sistani issuing a fatwa that doen't call for sombody's death he's set himself up as the best leader the Shitte's worldwide can have. And he's also the best leader the Sunni's, Kurd's, and Christian's in Iraq could hope for too. Hopefully Iraq can now finally achieve the greatness they deserve, after suffering under Sodamned Hussien.

Posted by: Don Carne at November 30, 2007 08:33 AM (wSNS7)


To understand Sistani you have to realize that he's from the Quietest school of Islam. Until Khomeini, Shi'a clergy for the most part stayed out of politics, seeing it as dirty for religious men. Sistaini is from the old school.

So when he's making statements like this, he's going out on a limb to begin with - even setting aside the direct threats to his life.

Posted by: MlR at November 30, 2007 08:54 AM (9f5Pa)


Should be: "Quietest School of Shi'a Islam"


Posted by: MlR at November 30, 2007 08:56 AM (9f5Pa)


What WlR said. I am so surprised at the language of this anti-fatwa that I question the translation. Somewhat.

But I want to believe.

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