"We have declared a fierce war on this evil principle of democracy and those who follow this wrong ideology ... this evil principle. Anyone who tries to set up this system is part of it," Zarqawi said on a tape broadcast this week. For any Iraqi who needed an even more graphic warning, there was this from a leaflet being distributed by insurgent groups around Baghdad:
"This is the final warning to all of those who plan to participate in the election. We vow to wash the streets of Baghdad with the voters' blood. To those of you who think you can vote and run away, we will shadow you and catch you, and we will cut off your heads and the heads of your children."