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September 26, 2007




Love your work. I have a question for you, which I pose to you because you are the only scholar whom I can think of who really follows this closely.

Are Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib really great recruiting tools for the Jihadis, and in your opinion, would shutting down Gitmo hurt their recruiting?

Apologies for posting a question in this way but do not know who / how else to ask. Many thanks and again many compliments on the fine work.

Andrew R.

Here's a question for you, Marc. What exactly *would* it take for Sadr as well as Dawa and SIIC to reach a "we promise to stop killing you execution-style in the middle of the night if you accept that al-Douri is never returning to power" style agreement? Because at the moment, Dawa and SIIC seem (to me, who knows beans about the internal politics) to be willing to give everyone else a collective "F**k you!" as long sa they've got both the U.S. and the Islamic Republic of Iran in their corner.

Gregory Gause

Of course, these days getting an endorsement from al-Sistani could be a one-way ticket to the morgue.

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