Friday, February 24, 2006

Clerics Take Lead After Iraq Bombing - Los Angeles Times

Clerics Take Lead After Iraq Bombing - Los Angeles Times: "Rarely since the U.S.-led invasion have Iraq's politicians appeared so insignificant and its religious leaders loomed so large as in the 48 hours since the bombing of the Golden Mosque in Samarra.

Few Iraqis seemed to pay attention to statements by Prime Minister Ibrahim Jafari and other political leaders who called for calm. But many winced with trepidation or smiled with satisfaction as, hours after the Wednesday morning attack, the office of Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani, the paramount Shiite Muslim religious leader here, issued an unusually blunt statement suggesting it was time for 'the faithful' to start protecting religious sites � an apparent endorsement of militias."

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