has The article Opening the Gates of Hell – Report from Baghdad by Rahul Mahajan at ZMag ZNet is a must read:

Before the Iraq war, at a meeting of the Arab League, Secretary General Amr Moussa famously said that a U.S. war on Iraq would “open the gates of hell.”
In Iraq, those gates are yawning wider than they ever have before — at least for the United States.

“Sunni and Shi’a are now one hand, together against the Americans,” a man on the street in the mostly Shi’a slum of Shuala on the west side of Baghdad told me, as we conversed in the shadow of a burnt-out American tank transporter. Those sentiments were echoed at the local headquarters of Moqtada al-Sadr’s organization, which had one day previously come under assault from U.S. forces.

And, indeed, everyone in the area agreed that when those forces were driven from Shuala, it was done by Sunni and Shi’a fighting together — and by unorganized local inhabitants, not al-Sadr’s Mahdi Army.

Whether or not the resistance here grows to a scale that the United States cannot control — and this is more in the hands of Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani than of Paul Bremer or George Bush — it is already clear that the events of the last ten days mark a critical turning point in the occupation of Iraq. […]

Who are Bush-Blair fooling? With each passing day, this looks much more like a struggle for independence by the Iraqis, and not “terrorists” fighting the Western thought…

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  1. I’ve been trying to make sense of the situation by reading the blogs of Iraqis living in the country. In particular I’ve been looking at Salam Pax, Iraq at a Glance and Healing Iraq

    One thing that does seem to be clear from the Iraqi bloggers is that this isn’t an uprising with popular support. Virtually all the bloggers seem to hate al-Sadr and his Mehdi army. Most Shias follow Ayatollah Sistani, not al-Sadr.

    Iraq at a Glance calls al-Sadr “That angry dumb and silly boy [who] is not respected by many religious leaders here in Iraq and consider him as a child , he don’t have the right to be a religious leader and he don’t have any ‘logical and legislative Islamic studies’ regarding Islam and ‘Sharia’..
    Second.. that foolish boy has many thieves following him..”

    Meanwhile, Salam Pax says of them, “You have to be careful about what you say about al-Sadir. Their hands reach every where and you don’t want to be on their shit list. Every body, even the GC is very careful how they formulate their sentences and how they describe Sadir’s Militias. They are thugs, thugs thugs. There you have it.”

    Healing Iraq is very clear about what he thinks needs to happen, “If this uprising is not crushed immediately and those
    militia not captured then there is no hope at all. If you even consider negotiations or appeasement, then we are all doomed.”

    I strongly recommend reading as many Iraqi blogs as you can find. Salam Pax is still the best, though there are other excellent ones out there, and it’s a great way of cutting through the bullshit of both the pro-war and the anti-war camps.

    1. Thanks for the links.

      The Blogs make interesting read, to say the least. they provide a bigger and better perspective, which takes us nearer to understanding the true (?) situation in Iraq.

      Especially liked Iraq at a Glance. Will surely keep going back for more…

      Hmm.. I think its time I figured how to install and use that RSS reader… 😉

    2. By the way, did you notice that the links provided in the Healing Iraq weblog are primarily pro-US campaign?

      1. Yes, I did notice. Healing Iraq

      2. Yes, I did notice. Healing Iraq is written by an Iraqi, but he is very pro-US.

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