Starting a series of occasional posts about today’s prominent Beardy Men, we start today with our young friend Muqta, a man very much in the spotlight at the moment, bravely fighting the coalition forces by killing lots of fellow Iraqis.
- He’s not a cleric. He never completed his religious education .
- He has wide support amongst the Shia poor, loyalty inherited from his father, Ayatollah Mohammad Sadiq al-Sadr, who was murdered by Saddam.
- Other than that no one likes him. Not even the Iranians.
- He smells.
- He violently opposes the coalition forces in Iraq and the political process they are helping to conduct.
- Except for when he wants to be part of that political process.
- His favourite saying is: “Do you know who my father was?”
- He’s a busy man, running both a newspaper, al-Hawzah, and a militia, the Mahdi Army.
- He might have had a hand in killing Abdul Majid al-Khoel, but he says he didn’t.
- He has a thing against picnics.
Hell, yeah, let's pull out. Leave him in charge. It'll be alright.