...the meeting sets a dangerous precedent. Sadr is presenting himself as a head of state, leading senior state officials to his meeting like sheep, and challenging the power of the legitimate leaders of the country.
Which reminds me of something Bill Roggio observed on 27 May:
Sadr met with his senior lieutenants on Sunday to "discuss a new direction for his movement after his return to public life ," AFP reported. "The Sadr movement is going to appear in a new form and with a new style on the Iraqi scene," according to Sheikh Salah al-Obeidi, a spokesman for the Sadrist movement. "We intend to establish a mechanism to escape from the routines that we used to work with and that were imposed on us by the circumstances in the country."
They haven't been able to "escape from the routines" yet though, with seventeen members of the network killed and 41 captured over the past three weeks. But if Mookie morphs into a seemingly legitimate political force, time may start to run out on that type of activity.