Across the Bay

Wednesday, April 21, 2004

The Kalashnikov and the Koran

Juan Cole pointed out this piece on Sadr by Edward Wong of the New York Times.

It's a depressing account on how, at least for now, the young cleric is managing to outduel his seniors by cleverly manipulating religious symbols and young people's hormones. And hormones always beat brains, or as Wong puts it:

"... in this volatile atmosphere, the voice of Shiite radicalism can trump that of moderation."

Readers might also want to check out this piece by Kenneth Katzman pondering the issue of which Shiite leadership will eventually prevail.