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Moqtada al-Sadr one of Saddam's executioners?

If this is true, the implications are extreme.

To readers of Newsweek, he is known simply as ...

To Iraqis, he is the sword of the Shia, feared by Sunnis and praised by the vast majority.

He leads the largest and most deadly militia in Iraq.

And now, there is talk that he may have been one of the masked men who hung Saddam.

If you have watched the Saddam hanging video and listen closely, you will note that the men in the gallows begin chanting "Moqtada! Moqtada! Moqtada!"

A Sunni website is now alleging that al-Sadr was one of the executioners. They provide the following photos ...

If you ask me, this "evidence" is very unconvincing.

However, it is known throughout Iraq that the U.S. authority has allowed elements of al-Sadr's Al-Mahadi Army inside the green zone, previously off limits for non-American personnel.

If we're comfortable with al-Sadr's men rubbing elbows with out boys, why not appease al-Sadr's lust for power and let him slip the noose around Saddam's neck? After all, al-Sadr frequently insists on Iraq's status as a nation, instead of three warring ethnic groups. And he is very much anti-Iran, though he has threatened vast reprisals should the U.S. attack Tehran.

That seems very much like a move the Bush Administration would make.

All things considered, you have to pick a side in order to win a civil war. Has our government aligned our forces with Moqtada al-Sadr and the Shia majority?

I am not the only one asking this question.

Sadly, assuming that we have sided with the Shia, our forces will now have to take part in what has essentially boiled down to an ethnic cleansing campaign by the Shia against the Sunni and Kurds.

I hope that Bush is not so stupid or evil as to make such a decision. But my better sense tells me otherwise.

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