"History will be kind to me, for I intend to write it."-Winston S. Churchill

"The wandering scholars were bound by no lasting loyalties, were attached by no sentiment of patriotism to the states they served and were not restricted by any feeling of ancient chivalry. They proposed and carried out schemes of the blackest treachery."-C.P. Fitzgerald.

Wednesday, October 27, 2004

Grand Ayatollah al-Sistani... 

...sure as hell knows how to get out the vote.

From the intrepid Zayed, owner of the Healing Iraq blog, comes a fine example of the Grand Ayatollah's GOTV effort for the January elections. Money graph:

Sayyid Ahmed Al-Safi, a representative of Grand Ayatollah Ali Al-Sistani, reiterated during the Friday prayers sermon at Karbala the call of the Maji'iya for widespread participation and voting in the upcoming elections late January 2005. Al-Safi stressed that 'heavy participation in the voting procedures is a national and legal (religious) duty,' adding that those who refrain from voting would 'enter Jahannam (Hell)'

As Chris Matthews might say, "now that's hardball!

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