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Inside the Mother of All Battles Mosque

Shady things are happening at Saddam's home mosque in Baghdad. Will the coalition's rules of engagement be enough to keep the peace?

5:30 PM, May 1, 2003 • By DAVID TELL
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Sergeant Joshua Cardenal . . . says he has been well received by people in the neighborhood and that he wants to keep a respectful distance from important shrines like the mosque. "I'm not gonna go anywhere near that place. If there's somebody from inside firing out, obviously, that's a different story, but I'm not gonna just walk up in there. I'm gonna try to respect these people."

Which is fine--in theory. But shouldn't we first try to figure out who "these people" are?

David Tell is opinion editor of The Weekly Standard.