Re "Cleric's Militia Still Controls Najaf Mosque," Aug. 22: How much longer can President Bush ignore the views of the French, the Russians and the rest of the world? They claim we're not listening to the will of the Iraqi people, and they're right. We should be listening to the Iraqis and acting on their behalf.
For instance, cleric Muqtada Sadr's supporters hung a banner inside the occupied shrine that reads, "Where is the bullet that will grant me martyrdom?"
Well, President Bush, we need to provide that bullet as quickly as possible.
I am appalled that so much of the American media does not understand that Najaf is a Shiite shrine city, with the Shrine of Imam Ali -- not something that America owns or controls.
The Shrine of Imam Ali for the Shiites is like the Vatican for Catholics and the Western Wall for Jews. No true Muslims would order an attack on such a revered holy site. Also, clearly, if the American military were intent on capturing or killing Sadr and stopping this uprising, they could be patient and starve him out. As a former officer in the military, I know that one does not have to be a military genius to use this tactic.