Monday, May 21, 2007

U.S. Army Plotted to Kill Sadr

If someone made a (very long) list of all the stupid things we've done in Iraq, the stupidest (had it succeeded) would have certainly been this particular idea:

The attempted assassination or abduction took place two-and-a-half years ago in August 2004 when Mr Sadr and his Mehdi Army militiamen were besieged by US Marines in Najaf, south of Baghdad.

Dr Rubai'e believes that his mediation efforts - about which he had given the US embassy, the American military command and the Iraqi government in Baghdad full details - were used as an elaborate set-up to entice the Shia leader to a place where he could be trapped.

Because somehow, three years into this gig, we hadn't quite figured out that wars aren't won simply by killing the other side's boss-man. As evidenced by the hooting and hollering that followed Zarqawi's death, we remain stubbornly ignorant of this lesson.

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