Iraqi cleric Moqtada Sadr urged Prime Minister Maliki not to sign any agreement with the Untied States concerning continued presence of American troops in their nation. “I call on the Iraqi government,” said the cleric, “not to sign the accord with the United States and I affirm that I am ready to support the government publicly and politically if it does not sign.” He went on to call upon “men of faith and on the clergy to express legally their opinion against the signature of any agreement between the government and the occupier, eve it is is a friendly accord or one concerning another subject.” Sadr called upon the people of Iraq to come together to stand up against the American occupiers.
It is unclear exactly what al Sadr seeks in the way of dealing with the Americans other than not having anything to do with them. How will this non-negotiation play out in enabling the people of Iraq to assume control over their own destiny.
Perhaps, the major import of the Sadr statement is a growing realization among Iraqis that all major political groups are now united in a desire to have the Americans leave as soon as possible.