As hard as it is to believe, it sure seems like things in Iraq are starting to get a little bit better, at least according to the Wall Street Journal.
In the biggest news to come out of that area in quite a while, militant cleric Moqtada Al-Sadr, leader of the Mahdi Army (and general rabble rouser) has decided to call it quits.
Sadr’s forces have been at odds with US and Iraqi troops for ages, and lead to a pretty violent conflict in Basra a few months ago.
He was one of the most major roadblocks on the path to peace, and he has decided to disarm his militia and focus his forces on politics and social work.
It’s a pretty amazing thing, and hopefully it leads to safety and peace sooner than later. The biggest thing is that the Iraqi people seem to be turning more and more away from fundamentalism, since these fundamentalist groups end up conducting their own…excesses and cruelties.
While many people may (perhaps rightly so, perhaps not) believe that Iraq was a bad idea, no one can say they don’t wish for as successful a conclusion as possible. So here’s hoping this works.
[Source: Wall Street Journal]