In the interests of killing time while waiting for Worlds, does anyone have an opinion about last month's Iraqi election?
The election itself went off better than I expected. A lot of people voted (a greater percentage than we get in the U.S., I believe), incidents of violence were not as bad as feared, and now some Sunni leaders are saying that they are willing to work within the system after all.
Do you think that this is a first step toward eventually establishing Western style democratic principles in the region?
Or do you thing that the overwhelming victory of the cleric-backed Shi-ite coalition is the first step down the slippery slope to an Islamic theocracy under the influence of fledgling nuclear power Iran? Maybe one day we will be wishing that we had good old Sadam Hussein back.