The price to pay

Salameh Nematt, Jordanian analyst and the former Washington bureau chief for the Arabic-language daily newspaper al-Hayat:

“It’s [Iraq] a success story for al-Qaeda, a success story for autocratic Arab regimes that made democracy look ugly in their people’s eyes. They can say to their people: ‘Look at the democracy that the Americans want to bring to you. Democracy is trouble. You may as well forget about what the Americans promise you. They promise you death.’”…