Of Grand Ayatollah's and Elections…
The Beirut Daily Star seems concerned that Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani has backed 228 Shi'ite candidates, but not Moqtada al Sadr.
The largest party in Iraq is the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution (SCIRI), headed by a fellow named Abdel-Aziz al-Hakim, a cleric who, like Sadr, has links to Iran and the Iranian Revolution. Jordan's King Abdullah says that the Iranians seek to dominate the new Iraq, while Iraqi veep Ibrahim al-Jaafari nuh-huh, no they're not, they promised him.
Although this it is much more brutal and disorganized, at least this first time around, it's interesting to see a sort of political press taking shape in the Middle East. We've just gone through our campaign and election coverage, with some lies and insults, and the Iraqis are getting theirs, with lies, insults, and death threats. It's part of the mode… now if they could just tone down the threats.