A Stealth Campaign

Three weeks before the election, Iraqi candidates still can't make themselves well-known for fear of violence

Americans, who have just endured the endless 2004 presidential campaign in which no detail about the candidates was too picayune to get saturation coverage, would find little that was familiar in the campaigning now under way in Iraq. Three weeks from the scheduled election, most Iraqis don't even know the names of the candidates--who are so afraid of being murdered that they refuse to be identified.

That's the face of democracy in Iraq, as insurgent violence mounts in the days before the Jan. 30 election. Four provinces have been declared not yet safe enough for voting, but Administration officials have not...

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