The Druze and Christian minorities in Lebanon may well be pondering that question as they watch 800,000 Hezbollah followers try to force Lebanese Prime Minister Saniora from office. Using the very democratic right of peaceable assembly to do so, of course. The armed Hezbollah thugs directing the mobs are just for show. Really.
Fjordman ends Part I of his analysis with this observation:
Two central concepts in sharia are the notions of "blasphemy" and "apostasy," both incurring the death penalty. These laws are incompatible with the ancient Western ideas of freedom of conscience and of speech. Thus, sharia is anathema to the goals of democracy. Sharia is also hostile to equality before the law, since Islamic law is based on the fundamental inequality between Muslims and non-Muslims, men and women, free men and slaves. Moreover, it does not provide any protection for minorities, since non-Muslims are supposed to be unarmed and their lives and property subject to the whims of Muslims at any given moment. Although Islam does contain the vague Koranic notion of shura, consultation, this has never been formalized or concretized, which means that there are no formal constraints on the power of the ruler under sharia. The only thing an Islamic ruler may not do is openly to reject Islam.The search for the seemingly fantastical hordes of 'moderate muslim' is surely complicated by the fact that they have very legitimate fears of enduring capital punishment imposed by sharia "courts". It's certainly a much more effective method of silencing critics than the hysterical name calling engaged in by the leftist (or whatever) cheerleaders who choose to blind themselves to reality.
Fjordman's essay is well worth the time. His observations concerning the undemocratic nature of the EU due to the absence of a 'European' demos seem accurate - as do his reservations concerning the damage being done in the US by the multicultis. I'm not sure that nationalism or a national identity is an absolute prerequisite for democracy because there are many organizations and associations, governed by democratic principles, which transcend national borders and function quite well. They do all have the common element of freedom of association though. Dropping out doesn't result in a headchopper showing up at a former member's door to enforce adherence.