Sadr-sponsored ‘Poetry Competition of the Iraqi Resistance’

“All in the Sadrist movement are able to hold a weapon and fight Americans. But not all Iraqis are good at cultural resistance,” an official from radical Shiite cleric Moqtada al Sadr’s movement told the New York Times. The solution? A “Poetry Competition of the Iraqi Resistance.” No digs against politicians or sects were allowed, but one of the contest’s rules raised questions about artistic integrity: entries “must paint an impressive and beautiful picture of the resistance movement.” Sample entries spoke of “dirty American(s),” “honor and glory,” and “Najaf sand.”