Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Attention Media: Mahdi Means Messiah

I would ask the media to please stop calling Muqtada al-Sadr's band of brigands the Mahdi or Mehdi Army. This implies that the redeemer of Islam, the long awaited "last mullah" or messiah is on their side, that they are fighting for him. It would be akin to a Christian militant group calling themselves the Jesus Christ Army. Using that term over and over again gives some sort of legitimacy to their brand of violence and terror. Please look up the meanings of words before using them to describe a group. That is all.

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