From an editorial in today's Boston Globe under the headline, "Iraq's war of the warlords" -
"When the radical Shi'ite cleric Moqtada Sadr called last week for a freeze on his Mahdi Army's operations, it might have been tempting to take it as a positive step toward reducing violence and promoting stability in Iraq."
... Yes, especially "tempting" for the sane and rational among us ...
"But even if his directive is heeded by most components of the far-from-unitary Mahdi Army, any such timeout will only be a tactical pause to let Sadr's forces regroup."
... Globe editorialists being privy to an infallible crystal ball allowing them to predict the future ...
"It hardly portends a transformation of the basic situation in Iraq."
... Let me see if I have this straight - even if "most" of Sadr's army lay down their arms, thereby refraining from further mass killings that have already stained their hands with the blood of thousands, this is not a "positive step"?
In other words - not to worry, we might lose this war yet!