that’s not what Rummy had in mind

For Shi’a Muslims, the commemoration of the death of Hussein (grandson of the Prophet) is a major holiday. Salam Pax had given some background on his blog about it. Under Saddam, those (often bloody) celebrations were all but outlawed. Now that he’s no longer in power Shi’a are flocking to the holy city of Kerbala for pilgrimages. Except they also seem to be organizing quickly, and are increasingly rejecting U.S. presence in Iraq. And since they form the majority of Iraq’s population, it’s certainly worrisome for Rumsfeld et al.’s plans for the country. If there were any plans beyond the removal of Saddam, that is.


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