Sistani Shifts

He argues for peaceful demonstrations, whereas in the past, he has called for people to stay home. And he is so concerned about security for the country's Shi'a mosques that he has even hinted that if the Iraqi government cannot protect them, he may ask militias to do so. Juan Cole has an update. I have to say this seems to me to be an ominous moment. Michael Novak gets it too. This is what happens when you break a deeply divided country and then fail to maintain minimal public order. I fear the spiral of violence just advanced another circle.