One Veteran's Voice

18 November 2005

On a lighter note

I took this propaganda poster of Muqtada al-Sadr off a wall in Baghdad, and now I have it hanging in my house, complete with dry erase board to give him an ever-changing voice. I don't know why I find this funny, maybe it's his gnarly teeth or insane expression. Although they've abandoned open attacks against the US, the Mahdi Army (Muqtada's military arm that I fought against in Sadr City) has gotten some bad press recently for acting as a vigilante religious police force. Religious fanaticism wears many masks, but the goal is always the same--less freedom and more fear.

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