I've been post a lot about the fracas between Maliki (with some assistance from the Badr Corp and the US) and Sadr. However, it appears this may be coming to an end. Two questions: who won? And, is the end of fighting good news (assuming fighting actually ends)?
The answer appears to be Iran and Sadr, and yes and no. Iran won because it was the "honest broker" and the only country that had enough credibility with both sides to get them to make a deal. Sadr appears to not have lost ground, and it appears that Maliki probably went to Sadr rather than vice versa.
This is good insofar as it halts violence. On the other hand Moqtada Sadr is in an increasingly good position. I wonder if he could eventually rule that country.