The Chicago Tribune ran an editorial yesterday ran an interesting editorial in which they quoted a statement from the Ansar al-Sunnah Army describing its opposition to democracy:
Why do the terrorists fear democracy? In a remarkable statement recently, the Ansar al-Sunnah Army and two other insurgent groups dropped all the self-serving double-talk and self-righteous excuses for slaughtering innocents. They spelled out their fear and hatred--and ignorance--of democracy. They made clear that their campaign is not simply to thwart American interests--it is to thwart the Iraqi people.
"Democracy is a Greek word meaning the rule of the people, which means that the people do what they see fit," the statement said. "This concept is considered apostasy and defies the belief in one God--Muslims’ doctrine."
The people will do what they see fit. That, to the insurgents, is the great danger.
Of course, the fear is not merely that the people will do as they see fit, but rather that the people will see fit to do things with which the extremists disagree. Worth a read.
As a Chicago area resident I read the Trib but I missed this editorial. Reading it here I noticed something unusual. In the 2nd and 3rd paragraphs the piece describes the actions of insurgents, the usual stuff that describes terrorism. But then the opening sentenence in the next pargraph posses the following question,"Why do the terrorists fear democracy?" Notice the switch to "terroists". Was this a slip up or they (MSM) finally starting to get it?
Is there hope? Is there light at the end of the tunnel? Well maybe not since in the next paragraph they slip back to the MSM term for terrorist,insurgent. But on balance I see some progress in this editorial that they,the MSM, might be creeping towards the truth.