We’ve heard of sly tactics used by politicians, but this definitely ranks at the top. In an unusual step to increase his chances of winning this year’s elections, an Iraqi candidate by the name of Sheikh Eyad al Ashoori put up three different posters around various areas in Iraq - each claiming that he is from a different religion or sect, to please the residents of that specific neighborhood.
On one poster, Ashoori claimed that he is a Sunni Muslim who believes solely in the prophet Mohammed, clearly to appease Islam's biggest sect, while in another, Sheikh Eyad targeted Shia Muslims stating that he is a “Muslim who believes in Mohammed and is a grandchild of Wahab and John.”
According to Shiite tales, Wahab and John were Christians who came out in support of Imam Hussein and were martyred in the Battle of Karbala in the year 61 AH of the Islamic calendar.
As for Christian neighborhoods, the dishonest politician put up a religion-free poster reading: “Religion is for God and the homeland is for all.”
The careless Ashoori topped it off by posting an array of pictures on Facebook of him visiting holy Shi’ite shrines in Najaf, Karbala and Baghdad along with his visit to the Sadrist Movement’s office, the head of the powerful Iraqi Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr.
While the upcoming Iraqi elections may not close the gap between sectarian tensions in the country, at least people can have the last laugh at how silly some politicians can be.
Sheikh Eyad al Ashoori has clearly insulted Iraqis’ intelligence if he thinks people fell for his flawed strategy. After this blunder, we think no one will be voting for him at all!