We are the occupier? Oh right, because we are pagans.
Everyone else - until now - was allowed to have businesses or do business in the middle east.
Everyone except the United States.
Probably because we don't take no $#!+ from thugs - no matter what clothes they wear or what title they claim. Not on sea, not on land, not near, and not far.
Posted Sat, 24 Jul 2004
Meanwhile, firebrand Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr resurfaced at a mosque after an absence of nearly two months to criticise interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi.
Sadr preaches to crowd (more like...preaches at crowd)
Elsewhere, a huge crowd of supporters gathered in Kufa to hear cleric Moqtada Sadr preach for the first time in nearly two months.
Draped in the hallmark white robe he reserves for his Friday sermons, Sadr had harsh words for Prime Minister Allawi for authorizing recent US military air strikes on Fallujah.
"You have proven that you are just an extension of the occupation," said Sadr, as young men raised their fists in the air and cheered his name and screamed: "We are with you 'til death, Sayed Moqtada."
"Allawi, I tell you, what right do you have to order the reopening of the Hawza paper, if you were not the one to shut it down in the first place," Sadr told his faithful, who swarmed inside the grand mosque in Kufa, 150km south of Baghdad.
"Damn him and damn the occupier," said Sadr.
On Sunday, Allawi ordered the lifting of a ban on Sadr's weekly paper imposed by former US administrator Paul Bremer in late March because it had allegedly been instigating violence.
The closing of Sadr's paper and the arrest of one of his deputies in late March unleashed a rebellion that left hundreds dead.
Situation: The paper - called Hawza paper - was Sadr's weekly paper. It was banned by former US administrator Paul Bremer in late March.
Reason: Instigating violence.
Result: one of Sadr's deputies was arrested & a rebellion left hundreds dead.
Sadr is pissed off at Allawi for lifting the ban???
Now how confusing is that? You would think the cleric would be grateful for having this ban removed from his instigating-violence weekly paper.
Now that's thanksgiving for you.
These people are just looking for reasons to fight. Contention breeds contention.
Does it have to?