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.
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.
A Moment in 2005
Right now seems to be a good time to get back into the blog after the beginning of the new year. Right this moment, as I write, John Kerry is questioning Condi Rice in her confirmation hearing. They're being very agreeable with each other.
In other news, I have to miss the inauguration because I have a work commitment, and it will be both a noisy setting and a time when I need both hands free. I guess I'll watch a replay on C-SPAN.