Iraqi Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr surprised us when he announced that he was quitting politics and warned that his followers should refrain from getting engaged in politics too. Does his decision imply a secret agreement whereby one of the remaining candidates has a better chance of winning Iraq’s upcoming elections? Perhaps it is part of a deal in which Nouri al-Maliki wins because he does not have to stand against Sadr? Or, is Sadr angry at his movement’s representatives in parliament who obey him when he is present and disobey him in parliament? Or, is the decision a political tactic preceding the elections?
A brave character
Sadr is an interesting and brave character. He is the only Shiite leader who continued to fight the Americans for seven yearsAbdulrahman al-Rashed