Al Sadr and anti sectarian nationalism…

Yank in Ulster doesn’t post much to his blg, but it’s often worth reading what he does do. This is a short consideration of the controversial nationalist figure of Moqtada al-Sadr who, Yank claims, is avowedly anti sectarian.

  • Davros

    He makes him sound like an Iraqi Wolf Tone 😉

  • Belfast Gonzo

    Moqtada al-Sadr, Yank claims, is avowedly anti sectarian.

    No he doesn’t.

    He qualifies al-Sadr’s position with:

    Sadr’s secularism is not motivated by Western liberal ideals, but by as an Iraqi nationalist defending Iraq against foreign invaders, as explained by Naomi Klein (“The making of a hero”, Guardian, 7 October).

    Be [sic] no mistake, Sadr is a fundamentalist.

    I don’t think that is someone being described as “avowedly anti-sectarian”, so much as “cynically using nationalism to avoid talking about his fundamental religious beliefs in order to appear more moderate and achieve power in the next elections”.

    …kinda like Paisley in a kaffiyeh?!

    ;o)

    . o O (I didn’t mean that DUPers!)

    /me [runs and hides]

  • Belfast Gonzo

    Be [sic] no mistake, Sadr is a fundamentalist.

    …should have been in italics too, as part of Yank’s blog post.