Just hours remain before the Iraqi elections happen and become part of regional reality. To me it's becoming increasingly obvious for everyone to see who wants freedom for Iraqis and who does not, both inside Iraq and in the west, particularly in the media. The insurgency will be effectively lost in the days to come, no matter how long some want to draw it out. Centcom is expecting
Ayatollah Sistani's Shiite Unified Iraqi Alliance to finish with the most seats and the Kurdish list to be a strong second. Allawi's party might not fare so well but it's a parliamentary system and nobody is really out of the game after the vote.