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|The Sadr Solution||04/08/2004|
Moqtada Sadr, the Iraqi Shiite cleric who has essentially declared a holy war upon the liberation forces in Iraq, presents a particularly challenging problem for America and her allies.
Sadr abandoned his "peaceful sit-in" at a mosque designed to protest the "aggressions committed by the infidel occupier against civilians." He has now instructed his supporters, which could number in the hundreds of thousands, to "terrorize the enemy," according to Islam Online.
Around the world, some journalists and political experts wary of inflaming the situation with Sadr are refusing direct conflict with him and his followers. "There is a risk that the more cautious mainstream Shiite leadership will be forced to follow his lead," declared the Sydney Morning Herald.
Yet the United States deemed Sadr an "outlaw" and issued an arrest warrant for him. "There is no way Sayyid Moqtada will turn himself in," said a Sadr supporter at their headquarters in Sadr City. "If the Americans try to arrest him, we will all explode."
So how should we deal with such a situation? Should we ignore him and hope that the more moderate leaders, including Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, the highest Shiite authority in Iraq, will subvert Sadr's efforts to take over the religious leadership? Or should we take it upon ourselves to eliminate him as a force for resistance?
I believe that the human body clearly illustrates how goodness can prevail over evil -- and let there be no doubt, the manipulative, suicidal ideology of Sadr's Mehdi Army is as evil as any that has plagued the earth.
The body's natural defense system protects itself from the terrorist-style attacks of bacteria, viruses and other destructive invaders. Although these nasty elements can't be wiped out completely, the body remains healthy as long as the immune system remains strong. But as soon as a rebellious cell takes over -- whether it's a virus, cancer or any other harmful thing -- discomfort, disease and death result.
The human body's immune system deals with dangerous elements by doing three things. First, it identifies the problem. Second, it isolates it. Third, it contains or destroys it. When an infection develops, the white blood cells are dispatched to find it, surround it, and either keep it from spreading or annihilate it. Ignoring an infection is not an option. Even our own bodies know that the longer an infection exists, the more damage it will do.
Moqtada Sadr is an infection in a country that badly needs healing. He cannot be ignored. We have identified him as a deadly problem within Iraq, but now we must take the next two steps. We must isolate him so that his poison cannot spread to others. Then we must render him ineffective, even if that means destroying him.
He and his ilk follow in a long line of cancer-causing agents, such as Pol Pot, Joseph Stalin, Idi Amin and Adolph Hitler. History has taught us the lessons of our own bodies -- we must deal with them swiftly and effectively. Otherwise, there will only be more suffering, more destruction and more death.
The forces of freedom must act now. For the sake of Iraq, for the sake of the free world and for the sake of posterity, Sadr must be eliminated within the world body.