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Sadr plays to power of martyrdom

Whatever one thinks of his politics, Moqtada al-Sadr is a man who understands the power of symbols. By holing up inside the Shrine of Imam Ali – tomb of the Shiite faith’s supreme leader after the prophet Muhammad – and promising to fight until his very last drop of blood, Mr. Sadr is trying to position himself in a long line of powerful populist Shiite martyrs. When he gives sermons at the mosque in nearby Kufa, he always dresses in white, a color that Muslims bury their dead in. It’s as if he’s saying, “I’m already dead.”Full Story

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