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Cry Me A Riverbend II

Monday, January 10, 2005

Is El Salvador the Model for Iraq?

John Lyons in the WSJ explains on how El Salvador beat homegrown terrorists with elections.
"In El Salvador you had the image of old farmers lined up to vote, crouching to get out of the line of fire, and then getting back into line. It was about as graphic a demonstration of the desire for democracy as you can have."

Can Iraq do the same? Why not, considering that when El Salvador held its first election in 1982, communist insurgents controlled a third of the country? As bad as the situation in Iraq is, it isn't that bad.

This is as sure an explanation as any for why the terrorists and the unrealists are united in calling for the elections to be "postponed".

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