Wednesday, May 21, 2003

The al-Jazeera story on Monday's protest in Baghdad indicated that the protestors were demanding a government role for the main clerical establishment in Najaf, of which the Sadriyun certainly consider themselves a part. They also called for respect for all Iraq's religions and people and a war crimes tribunal to investigate the Ba'ath party. The withdrawal of American forces was also an important issue. I guess those are fairly basic demands. Desire for religious government and respect for all religions are not necessarily in conflict: Muslim states have had situations in which different religious communities lived according to their own laws under one government for almost 14 centuries now.


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