One of our biggest blunders in Iraq,
in my opinion, was letting Moqtada Al Sadr live rather than hunting him down like a dog and killing him. Now he's promising to wage intensified terrorist warfare on the United States if we undertake any military action against Iran or Syria. This is what comes from not crushing your enemies when you have them by the balls, as we did after our intense offensive against Al Sadr's Mahdi Army, one of the first intense battles we fought after Saddam's own army had been defeated. We must press our advantage wherever we have it, and never relent in order to let someone who is a war enemy by any definition of the word escape his fate. Moqtada should be just as much of a hunted rat as Zarqawi, slipping from safehouse to safehouse, not daring to appear in public. Instead, we get the spectacle of this Iranian puppet doing the bidding of his masters, launching another damaging salvo in the media war that is the agonizingly slow runup to the shooting war. It's interesting to see the dance of both sides of this war warning one another of the forthcoming repercussions in the event of open hostilities: Iran has warned that it will cut off oil and punish the West painfully in other ways (implying terrorism), to which Chirac, strangely on our side for once, riposted that France will use nuclear weapons in reprisal for any Iranian terror attacks. Now Iran is warning us through its proxy that Moqtada Sadr's Mahdi Army, tens of thousands strong if my memory is right, will fight Americans again if we fight Iran.
Muqtada Al-Sadr:The Mahdi Army was established in order to defend Iraqi lands and holy places. But it is more than that. It is also intended to defend against attacks on Islam outside of Iraq.
If Iraq comes under attack, the Mahdi Army will make sacrifices to defend it. Similarly, if the neighboring countries - Iran, Syria, or Saudi Arabia – come under attack, the Mahdi Army will be the first to come to their defense, Allah willing.