Approximately four years after fleeing Iraq in fear of arrest, Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr is returning to Iraq in triumph.

As the Washington Post reported on January 5, Sadr once fled to Iran, but now returns to Iraq with a significant bloc of power within the Iraqi government:

Afghan police traineesAnalysts say secret U.S. diplomatic cables released by the whistle-blowing organization WikiLeaks show that American taxpayers — through the war-contracting firm DynCorp — provided drugs and financed a party for Afghan National Police recruits where young boys were used as sex slaves. The corrupt Karzai regime then pressured U.S. officials to “quash” the story before it came out in the press.

The murder of a Pakistani governor is being greeted with adulation by “moderate” Muslim scholars. Why? Governor Salman Taseer opposed the death penalty for those convicted of blasphemy against Islam.

On January 4, Salman Taseer, Governor of the Pakistan province of Punjab, was assassinated by his personal security guard in Islamabad’s Kohsar market. Malik Mumtaz Qadri, who belongs to the Punjab police, fired 26 bullets at Taseer before being arrested by Islamabad police. According to police, the attacker stated that he had decided three days earlier to kill the Governor because he had defamed the Prophet Mohammad.

The relations between the United States and Pakistan could be halted due to the recent summoning of the Pakistani top intelligence agency officials as well as other military men to appear before a U.S. court in Brooklyn, New York, this month for their alleged involvement in the 2008 terrorist bombings and shootings in Mumbai, India.