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Rantings of a Sandmonkey

Be forewarned: The writer of this blog is an extremely cynical, snarky, pro-US, secular, libertarian, disgruntled sandmonkey. If this is your cup of tea, please enjoy your stay here. If not, please sod off

Thursday, April 14, 2005

Radical is nothing but a label

You know, i used to like to read Ted Rall's columns, because-nutty as he is- he offerd his readers an unapologetic, honest, uncensored, no pretense glimpse of how the american far left thinks. I say i used to like it, because i am starting to re-think the whole "honest" aspect of his column, especially after what he wrote in his latest one: If you read newspapers, listen to the radio or watch television, you know that the media has assigned Muqtada al-Sadr a peculiar job title: radical cleric. "Gunmen fired on supporters of the radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr on Friday," reports the Associated Press wire service. National Public Radio routinely refers to "radical cleric Moqtada al-Sadr." "The protesters were largely supporters of radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr," says CNN. Even Agence France-Press refers to him the same way: "Followers of a radical Shiite cleric marched in Baghdad." I wonder: Does he answer his phone with a chipper "Muqtada al-Sadr, radical cleric!"? Does it say "radical cleric" on his business card? It's a safe bet that neither al-Sadr nor his Iraqi supporters considers him particularly "radical." And, if you stop to think about it, there's nothing inherently extreme about wanting foreign troops to leave your country. Radical is a highly subjective word that gets thrown around without much reflection.But that's the problem: the media has become so accustomed to absorbing and regurgitating official government propaganda that they never stop to think. Hmm, so Al-Sadr isn't radical, and it's all just the government's propaganda at work? I beg to differ, and so does Zeyad at HealingIraq: Students of the Basrah and Shatt Al-Arab universities in Basrah city have been on strike for the last three days as a reaction to the attack last week by Sadrists and Mahdi Army militiamen on tens of students organising a field trip or a picnic at Al-Andalus park, downtown Basrah. Hooded men assaulted the students with rubber cables and truncheons which resulted in the death of a Christian girl, Zahra Ashour, and another student who came to her rescue after militiamen had tore off her clothes and were beating her to death. He was shot in the head. Students say that their belongings, such as mobile phones, cameras, stereo players and loudspeakers, were stolen or smashed to pieces by the militiamen. Girl students not wearing headscarves, most of them Christian, were severely beaten and at least 20 students were kidnapped and taken to Sadr's office in Al-Tuwaisa for 'interrogation' and were only released late at night. ---snippet--- A Sheikh As'ad Al-Basri, one of Sadr's aides in Basrah, stated that the 'believers' of the Mahdi Army did what they did in an act of 'divine intervention' in order to punish the students for their 'immoral and outrageous behaviour' during the 'holy month of Muharram, while the blood of Imam Hussein is yet to dry.' He added that he had sent the 'group of believers' to observe and photograph the students, and on witnessing them playing loud music, 'the kind they play in bars and discos', and openly talking to female students, the 'believers had to straighten things out'. No reaction yet from the Governorate council, the police, or the British forces in Basrah. Thousands of students have been demonstrating in front of the Basrah Governorate building in Asharr for the last three days, shouting 'No to political Islam', 'No to the new tyranny' and 'No to Sadr'. The police (which is loyal to Da'wa in Basrah) reportedly attacked the students in order to disperse the demonstrations. All this while some people are campaigning for Sistani to receive the Nobel peace prize. One can't help but wonder if these kinds of events are what the Islamists have in store for us when they insist on 'respecting the Islamic identity of Iraq'. The Sadr people are , by the way, the group of Shia who organized the April 9th anti-american protest and who were joined in it by the Baathist Sunnis. Or as the never-biased Raed Jarrar reported it: "Sunni, Shia marchers demand end to occupation!" You know, i often wonder about Raed: Does he know how full of shit he is or does he actually believe his own spin? Cause it seems that a lot of people believe him, so i am just curious if he is a malicious liar or just a self-delusional nitwit! Does anybody know?

9 Comments:

At 4/14/2005 05:41:00 AM, Anonymous Hellme said...

The student who went to the girls rescue wasn't shot in the head. Your 'source' got it wrong there.

Otherwise, freaky...very scary.

 
At 4/14/2005 06:24:00 AM, Blogger The Sandmonkey said...

How do you know that for sure ya Hellme? He lives there after all. Do you have a source that would back your claim?

Don't get me wrong,I am not saying you are wrong or lying, i am actually curious, cause if it's wrong i will correct that part.

Either way, you are right about one thing,it is very very scary.

 
At 4/14/2005 07:28:00 AM, Blogger Soldier's Dad said...

Raed is typical of a over priveledged child that hate their "capitalist pig" fathers because dear old dad was too busy earning the money to pay for his families priveledge to spend time with the family.

He is no different the the '60's children who protested everything Daddy believed in while using Daddy's credit card.

 
At 4/14/2005 08:40:00 AM, Blogger Ahmad said...

Raed is both malicious liar AND a self-delusional nitwit! Think about it and it will all make sense.

As for people believing him! Well, the loony leftists want to believe anything, no matter how stupid that is, which is against Bush!

For more about Basra's incident, check Fayrouz's post.

 
At 4/14/2005 08:54:00 AM, Blogger BP said...

Whether the guy was shot in the head or not, the incident is very scary. I think the only positive development that came out of this story is how the Basra students organized protests against sadr's ilk.

 
At 4/14/2005 09:59:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Rall is in the Sadr camp that would mean that Sistani is more liberal than teddy. Sadr wants to put people in bread ovens and try them at Islamic Kangaroo courts and Rall seems to think it is a perfectly acceptable response to occupation. At this point it is clear that fanatics blowing shit up is not going to speed up the military exiting the country.

 
At 4/14/2005 04:24:00 PM, Blogger Kat said...

As you can see, some people still try to walk and talk, even after they've put their own eyes out with their hot poker stupidity.

No one likes to lose and Ted and Raed are big losers. no doubt about it.

Every time muqty seems like he is marginalized, he pops back up on the screen, crazy bastard. Of course, that seems to be the same deal with Teddy. Maybe they have the same publicist?

 
At 4/14/2005 08:05:00 PM, Blogger Tina said...

These people need to be arrested and charged. If Muqty wants to set up his own little fifedom, he needs to go out into the desert and start building. He and his followers can set up their town any way they want (as long as it doesn't break the rules of the Iraqi Constitution)

They have no business telling others how to live their lives.

 
At 4/15/2005 03:20:00 AM, Anonymous Ian Fernandes said...

sandmonkey, that is some funny shit - love reading your blog, keep it up!

 

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