SALIM MANSUR writing in the Toronto Sun
"Yet what is remarkable in Canada and elsewhere -- places where the media are dominated by lib-left thinkers certain of their own moral and intellectual superiority -- is the doubt cast on the legitimacy of Iraq's election due to the conditions under which it is being held, which they say will prevent a large segment of the population from participating out of fear.
"The same lib-left media, however, did not discount the legitimacy of the recently held Palestinian election in which somewhere around 30% of Palestinians did not, or could not, vote due to circumstances beyond their control.
"Nor would this lib-left elite suggest Canadian elections -- with similar or higher rates of voter non-participation -- are invalid.
"During the last century, communist fellow-travellers in the West found nothing right in the effort of Americans and others who supported the cause of freedom in communist-controlled societies of the East.
A similar lib-left mindset, presently at work in Canada and Europe, is unwilling to go beyond its petulant anti-Americanism and see for itself how raw the struggle for freedom is, as being witnessed in Iraq.