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August 16, 2007


lawrence rocke

this is a strange assertion, because i have read elsewhere that Sadr is the least beholden to Iran of all the major shia factions, that both Dawa and SIRI have much closer relations to Iran. The Mahadi army may be analagous to Hezbollah only in so far as their popularity is rooted within their social work and not premised upon some notion of doing Iran's bidding; the same cannot be said for, say, the Badr Brigade.
Furthermore, using Hezbollah as an analogy distorts more than it enlightens; all politics is local and to assert that Iran's interest and behavior is similar in Lebanon and Iraq ignores the wide disparities, disparities a more functional US foreign policy would have used to its advantage.

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