Iraq's most revered Ayatollah slams media coverage

The most influential spiritual leader in Iraq, Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani, has issued a statement condemning media depictions of the situation in Iraq as a “civil war.” The Iranian Mehr News report is relayed by Gateway Pundit:

“Your country is rich and I want you to set aside differences between yourselves and your Sunni brothers and stand like a formidable mountain against attempts by certain satellite networks which try to disrupt this unity because these networks exaggerate about the reports of deaths and explosions and depict them in a way as if tribal war is underway in Iraq,” the statement read which was released by the information office of the Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council.

It is the first reaction by the grand ayatollah against foreign media which try to inflame hatred among Iraqi civilians.

Read the entire post at the link above. No doubt this will headline the network news tonight, right?

Or maybe right after the statements from last night’s Democratic debate?:

The leading Democratic White House hopefuls conceded Wednesday night they cannot guarantee to pull all U.S. combat troops from Iraq by the end of the next presidential term in 2013.

“I think it’s hard to project four years from now,” said Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois in the opening moments of a campaign debate in the nation’s first primary state.

“It is very difficult to know what we’re going to be inheriting,” added Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York.

“I cannot make that commitment,” said former Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina.

Read Beth Fouhy’s full Associated Press report at the preceding link.

Meanwhile, moonbat head explode. Details at 11. Heh.

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