06/04/2004: While I'm mentioning Juan Cole....
I note that Prof. Cole provides a translation of Ayatollah Ali Sistani's Fatwa on the new Iraqi Government. Read and decide for yourself whether Sistani's "approved" the new government or not.
Cole also mentions that Iran's supreme jurisprudent Ali Khamenei has issued his own statement disapproving of the new government, "dismiss[ing] Iraq’s new caretaker administration on Thursday as a “lackey” government at the beck and call of the United States." (Gee, I wonder where he ever could have gotten that idea?)
Len on 06.04.04 @ 11:56 AM CST