Monday, July 31, 2006

Sistani Warns U.S. Not To "Hinder" Cease Fire In Lebanon

This could be the beginning of the end for the U.S. endeavor in Iraq:

Iraq's top Shiite cleric demanded an immediate cease-fire in Lebanon, warning Sunday that the Muslim world will "not forgive" nations that stand in the way of stopping the fighting.

Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani issued the call following the Israeli airstrike that killed at least 56 Lebanese, mostly women and children, in the village of Qana. It was the deadliest attack in nearly three weeks of fighting.

"Islamic nations will not forgive the entities that hinder a cease-fire," al-Sistani said in a clear reference to the United States.

"It is not possible to stand helpless in front of this Israeli aggression on Lebanon," he added. "If an immediate cease-fire in this Israeli aggression is not imposed, dire consequences will befall the region."

As we have long discussed here, if Sistani turns the Shiites in Iraq against the occupiers, it will be "game over" for the United States' nation-building experiment in that beleaguered country.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nation building experiment? Their idea of nation building is opening a Pizza Hut + MacDonalds... oh and painting the schools. Never mind the corpses, rubble and abandoned burned out cars... (I think the Brits were better at nation building...)

-- I can't see how Sistani can avoid turning the Shiites in Iraq against the occupiers given what is happening in Lebanon... He's not even saying anything that radical -- it's likely the way they already feel...

-- What I wonder about, is if things go badly for the U.S. and it is "game over" then will they use that as an excuse to drop a "limited" nuke or something like that.... and, if they did do that, then what would the fall out be for the U.S.?


8/01/2006 9:43 PM  
Blogger Effwit said...


Yep, "nation building." Some American politicians actually believe that we have made things better for the average Iraqi in Iraq.

Some GOP politicians have even stated that it is safer in Baghdad than in some large American cities.

I am also surprised that Sistani has been so aquiescent as long as he has already.

I doubt that the U.S. would use a tactical (small) nuke in Iraq, no matter how bad things might get. However, as you know, there have been leaks to Sy Hersh from military sources that Iran may get a visit from cowboys totin' some pretty potent weaponry.

What effects upon America would result from such a reckless move? Who knows. It is possible that America has fallen so far that no one would really be shocked. The psychopaths that would support nuking a Middle East country would doubtlessly assert that brandishing the bomb makes us tough, and by default, admired in the eyes of the world.

8/01/2006 10:08 PM  

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