While some may question the exact turnout, Sunday's election in Iraq, much like Afghanistan before it, was a success
despite the best efforts of an avowedly antidemocratic insurgency to stop it. Millions defied the violence and now the world has seen for itself. Now we wait to see how the new elected government comes together and functions.
Meanwhile, in a development that may be consequential of the new Middle East reality, the Qatari government is trying to privatize Al-Jazeera
. It will be interesting to see how the editorial position reacts.