Confederate yankee makes this observation in his 1/12/06 post Tactical Seppuku. But he is talking about AlQaida.
It never ceases to amaze me how people who oppose the war assume an AlQaida jihadi from Jordan can win in Iraq, but we can't. Well, in almost three years we have lost fewer people in Iraq than we lost on September 11 in the USA. This is in a country where our people are vastly outnumbered.
As to whether the cultural legacy of Islamic radicalism can be countered by Democracy only time will tell. But the Iraqi people have made it plain by their votes and their willingness to step forward and join the new security forces that they want a new future without Saddam.
As hard as that is for some people to believe. But then some people have not had to live in a country where people are skinned alive.