Is Muqtada al Sadr the key to peace in Baghdad?

At least one person is suggesting that Muqtada al Sadr may be the key to peace in Baghdad, so I’m asking what you readers think. It is suggested that Sadr is working WITH the United States and with the Iraqi government to bring about peace. Sadr is staying out of the public eye and there is much speculation as to his whereabouts. Is Sadr playing both sides against each other? Is he and his Mahdi Army simply waiting for events to develop. And could this tactic be a win-win situation for Sadr?

    A win, should the security plan for Baghdad fail. A win, should the security plan for Baghdad succeed.

The Jury is still out on Muqtada al Sadr, depending on who you ask. Maj. Gen. William B. Caldwell said, “We’re very encouraged by what we’re seeing on the ground right now in Sadr City.” However, Major General Joseph Fil, commander of U.S. troops in Baghdad, said, “I don’t know that we have his support now.”

But the gentleman who is advisor to al Sadr, had this to say on the evening of March 17, 2007:

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