Text of Sadr's statement on mobilizing against the Iraq-US security agreement
Moqtada al-Sadr published the following statement on Sadrist websites:
How pleased I am and gladdened, with the issue of two fatwas, one written and the other oral, ruling out the agreement or security treaty between the oppressive power, and I mean by that the occupation, and the current government of Iraq. Because now it is incumbent on me not to stand with my arms folded, as I was before the issue of these their blessed fatwas, and I am obliged to do what I can to support them via the people, to the extent I am able, and to the extent I have earned any esteem among the beloved people of Iraq, who do not exhaust me, nor do they exhaust the marja'iyya; rather we propose to issue directives and orders, some to the people, and some to the specialists. To wit:It seems that the initial reference to two fatwas, one written and one oral, refer to the statement of Ayatollah Haeri (summarized and linked to here), and to the reported oral statement(s) by Sistani in opposition to the agreement. This seems to have been a minimum requirement Sadr felt had to be met before he could mobilize people as agent of the Marja'iyya, giving this religious weight, rather than acting on his own. The ninth point, however, suggests that although Sistani may have orally given the go-ahead, there aren't current plans for any specific ongoing role for the Marja'iyya in this. It seems clear the timing, coming one day after Nasrullah's liberation-day speech in Beirut, has some significance too.
1--Inform the people about each clause of the agreement, and the extent of the damage it will cause
2--Unified parliamentary and political movement to bring together all of the blocs and the other political party trends against this agreement
3--Information escalation to be organized by a group that specializes in just that
4--Demonstrations after Friday prayers each Friday, in all areas of Iraq, each [to participate] in his own area, until further notice, or until such time as the government puts an end to the [idea of the] agreement
5--Undertaking a referendum if the government agrees to that, and if they do not, then an announcement by the Offices of the Martyr Sadr within and outside Iraq, in coordination with the other movements against the agreement of a million-signature petition
6--Organization of Iraqi delegations to be sent to:
(a) Countries of the region, and particularly neighboring countries, for support for the people of Iraq, and standing with them against the agreement;
(b) Some western countries along with the UN, the Organization of the Islamic Council, the EU, and so on, as long as they are not participants in the occupation
7--Renewal of the popular, political--indeed religious--demand for the departure of the occupation forces, or for a schedule for their withdrawal.
8--Warning the government not to sign the agreement because it is against the interests of the Iraqi people; and informing the government that signing the agreement is not in its own interests either
9--Activating the role of the clerical Hauza and asking it to stand against this agreement in whatever way they deem appropriate