A thoughtful short essay on the lessons of history for the Shia majority in Iraq and the dilemma facing their moderate leader, Ayatollah Sistani bq. Thoughtful Iraqis warn that if the Shia make the same mistake now (as they did when they rose up agains the British), they could lose a unique opportunity to win a share of power which reflects their majority status. (Roger Hardy for the “BBC”:http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3607501.stm) “Milt Rosenberg”:http://www.miltsfile.blogspot.com/2004_04_04_miltsfile_archive.html#108137674675348986 pointed me to this story. Update: It seems to me that the BBC story may have been cribbed from “this(link to Washington Post)”:http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A1761-2004Jan31.html Washington Post portrait of Sistani that appeared in early February. Here’s “more(link to New Republic Online)”:http://www.tnr.com/blog/iraqd?pid=1539 from Spencer Ackerman in the New Republic, who acknowledges the Washington Post source.