Nice to see how the Coalition is finishing was Saddam started and never accomplished.
"Saddam executed Sadr's uncle, Mohammad Baqer, one of Shiism's foremost thinkers, in 1980. He is revered as the "White Lion" who refused to praise Saddam to save his life.
Sadr's father, Mohammad Sadeq, was also killed in 1999. He challenged Saddam and the religious authority of Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, another cleric who does not favor the involvement of the clerical class in politics.
Even Sistani's followers have expressed support for the young Sadr, who has sworn not to surrender.
We will triumph even if we are defeated militarily in Najaf. It is already clear that the U.S. installed government of (Prime Minister) Iyad Allawi has effectively fallen," said head preacher Hazem al-Araji."
One would start to think that President Allawi actually never left the Baath party of which he was a member and through which he personally knew Saddam Hussein. Heck, he even treated him as a doctor. Now Mr Allawi wasn't some 'minor Baath-party member, as he was responsible for the Baath party in Europe' as several media have reported. (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A62691-2004May28_2.html
So here we have a highly unpopular Shiite who actually knew Saddam, who was an active member of the Baath Party for years and has very good relations with the Americans and the UK, and who was "unanimously nominated" as a Iraq's 'interim prime minister', by "Iraq's U.S.-appointed" Iraqi Governing Council while on the other hand we have 'terrorist' al-Sadr, who is even popular among longterm enemies as the Sunnis, who never was a Baath Party Member, who never knew Saddam personally nor treated him medically, whose father and uncle were killed by Saddam, and who only started the Najaf uprising in response to his newspaper being closed by the Coalition.
[sarcasm]Long live Democracy![/sarcasm]