Why could Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Husseini al-Sistani be Mabus?
Al-Sistani has enough experience and knowledge of the fragility of the Iraqi scene to acknowledge the diversity of Iraq and of the Shiites themselves. Al-Sistani is also careful to be in constant dialogue with the Iraqi Governing Council.
Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani is not expected to escalate his position to the point where he might issue a fatwa calling for jihad and armed resistance, since he does not believe in wilayat al-faqih [the right of Islamic jurists to rule].
Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani does weld a huge following and could cause serious problems to the United States should he decide to take a more agressive approach to the occupation.
“ Personally I would like an Islamic state, but it should only come about if the people vote for it." - (02-29-04) 22:45 PST BASRA, Iraq
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