• Despite the fact that there's billions of dollars sitting in the Iraqi government reserves, somehow they are incapable of getting it out to the people. There are a very large number of people here who are on the edge of starvation. For those sort of people - a sizable chunk of people - that service makes them regard Muqtada as a sort of god.

    "Who Is Iraq’s 'Firebrand Cleric'?". Interview with Justin Elliott, March 31, 2008.