According to BBC and Wired News, the United States’ forces have re-entered the cities of Karbala and Najaf, and their tanks are drawing perilously close to the two holiest Shi’ite shrines in the world, within one of which Muqtada al-Sadr has based himself.
While the tanks draw closer and closer to the shrines, I am sure that the United States has enough common sense not to so much as touch them. The amount of fury this would release amongst the local Shiite population and the entire neighbouring country of Iran would be immeasurable, and would make the resistance that the United States has faced thus far look like a peaceful demonstration.
While we know that the United States leadership is aggressive and militant, they’re not stupid. In my opinion, touching either of the two shrines would be an act of stupidity. I just don’t think it’ll happen. For the sake of everyone involved, I certainly hope it doesn’t happen.