Thursday, August 12, 2004

Muqtada Al-Sadr: "Time out! Time out!"

Muqtada Al-Sadr, getting his ass kicked and now surrounded, calls for outside intervention. What a buffoon!

Al-Jazeera, the spigot of terrorist scum-covered water, reports on the situation today in Najaf.

Al-Sadr group seeks Arab intervention

Thursday 12 August 2004, 16:47 Makka Time, 13:47 GMT

The Shia Muslim leader has called on loyalists to fight to the finish

Iraqi Shia leader Muqtada al-Sadr's group has called on Arab governments to intervene and work out a ceasefire in Najaf immediately.

Abd al-Hadi al-Darraji, official spokesman of al-Sadr in Baghdad, told Aljazeera in an interview on Thursday that the Imam Ali shrine in Najaf was surrounded by US occupation troops.

Najaf is cut off completely and under heavy bombardment, al-Darraji said. "A shell was fired at the main entrance of the Imam Ali shrine indicating they have surrounded it," he said.

"I call on the Association of Muslim Scholars (AMS) to issue a fatwa preventing the the US occupation from entering the shrine," he said.

Muslims must also condemn this "criminal acts", the spokesman said.

"The entire Arab and Islamic world should refuse this tyranny. They should try to work out a ceasefire immediately," al-Darraji added.


This morning it was reported that the Medhi Army was firing mortars indiscriminately out of the courtyard of the mosque, pissing off the already pissed-off locals. Many of the locals were also cheering as the American Abrams started to rumble into Najaf.

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UPDATE: I'm watching the Iraqi Interior Minister's news conference right now. It sounds like very good news. They are using a controlled, firm hand. More later.

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Today's coverage of Najaf so far represents, for me at least, just one of the problems with the media. Turn on the TV and all the channels have the same footage of this black cloud rising from somewhere in the city. Most of them don't tell you what the hell is burning. One source says it's an oil line. Could be. But why do we have to watch this stupid freaking dark cloud over and over and over again. Get off your asses and get into the action, boneheads! I guess they figure the rising black cloud looks DRAMATIC. That's not the story. The story is on the ground, so get off the roof where you sit in your lawnchair until the next segment and find out exactly what the hell is going on inside. Man, freaking TV pisses me off.

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UPDATE: I shit you not. I turn on the TV and on CNN this perky blonde chirps to the guy-on-roof in Baghdad, "We've all seen the pictures! Do you have any idea what all that black smoke is?!"

*groaning* Please, God, no, should I kill myself NOW?!

Brunhilda: Jawohl!
Khalid: Yessir!
Raed: Yes, I beg you!
Faiza: Yes, inshallah!
Riverbend: Pistol or noose or seppuku?
Ibn: Allah Akbar!
Nimrude: Pretty please!

Thanks guys. *sniffle sniffle* I never knew how much you cared.


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UPDATE: On MSNBC right now (1 pm EST) you can watch the Iraq - Portugal Olympic soccer match!!!

Go Iraq!!! Go Iraq!!!



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