This is a quote from an MSNBC article about the Shiite rallies on Monday, April 9th, 2007.
The rally was called for by powerful Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, who commands an enormous following among Iraq’s majority Shiites and has close allies in the Shiite-dominated government.
A day earlier, the renegade cleric issued a statement ordering his militiamen to redouble their battle to oust American forces and argued that Iraq’s army and police should join him in defeating “your archenemy.”
It appears that even even a portion of the Shiite population wants the US to leave. We are viewed as foreign occupiers rather than a force provifing security while Iraq forms a government. This is one very compelling reason to get the hell out. I have heard it said that our government is afraid that Iran will sweep in and take control if we leave. It has been said that would be bad for the region. I’m not sure that is a good enough reason to stay if people in Iraq want us out.