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Thursday, August 26, 2004

Details on the Agreement

Not as dramatic as I predicted, but perhaps more realistic:
  1. Allawi steps down Allawi steps back, Moqtada al-Sadr won't be arrested.
  2. US and other coalition forces leave the country US forces leave Najaf, as does Mahdi army.
  3. Iraqis celebrate Iraqis breathe a little easier.
In reality, I guess this could mean any number of things ranging from
  1. Nothing, to
  2. Sistani and al-Sadr team up and lead a popular uprising throughout most of Iraq, effectively taking control.
Of course, if Allawi and his American string-pullers accept this agreement, one has to wonder what the point has been of bombing and shooting up Najaf for the past couple of weeks, apparently killing hundreds. Actually, one has to wonder anyway.