With the US real estate market in the crapper, Iraqi Shiite Cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has taken an incredible gamble by bidding on some prime Manhattan properties. The anti-American imam is proposing to build an American version of his Muslim enclave in Baghdad. Advance agents for al-Sadr discovered that there are more anti-Bush New Yorkers than Iraqis.
This research has led to a plan to turn Roosevelt Island into a fundamentalist Muslim Shiite enclave across the 59th street Bridge. Muqtada al-Sadr told the NY press that he could not wait to hear the Islamic call to prayer echo across the East River and through the canyons of NYC skyscrapers: "On Roosevelt Island, soon to be renamed Sadr City II, we will follow Sharia law. Women will be in burqas and only men will have rights.We expect that the throngs of New Yorkers who hate Bush as much as I do will flock to live in Sadr City."
Oil profits have made the Shiite cleric a very wealthy man and he will be a major player in NYC real estate for as long as or longer than the hundred years US poor people, also known as soldiers, will be in Iraq.