U.S. military officials declined to confirm that Amiri was a Sadr aide, saying only that he had provided explosives for use against Iraqi and U.S. forces. Sadr officials said Amiri was an aide and a lawyer who ran an educational organization that helped orphans and impoverished children.
In fact he loved orphans so much that he was smuggling explosives in order to make more of them. There were riots and processions to protest the old guy’s death (he pointed a rifle at an Iraqi soldier and an American soldier shot him), but Sadr’s trying to put the damper on them:
Sadr asked his followers to “calm down, observe self-restraint and not do anything that could inflict harm or damage on the country and the people, especially since maintaining calm and security is the responsibility of all sides.”
It’s almost as if he’s scared.