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  •  You hit the nail on the head (none)
    The PRODUCT of the election will be what defines it's success.

    since the candidates and their platforms were secret, we have no way of knowing that right now.

    We also have no means to guess the insirgent plan going forward either.

    We have no way of knowing the minds of the Iraqis right now as to whetherthey will stand more fully behind this new government.

    too many unknowns ot make any rational comments today, except to say that the actual process seems to have gone off better than one could have expected.

    I think all the negative aspects associated with today, were well known before the voting began. that the sunnis would be under represetned, there would be places where votnig was not possible or very difficult.

    how the new government handles this dienfranchisement is going ot be a big test, along with how they handle the Kurdish demands for greater autonomy. And how the insurgents handle the results and what they do going forward.

    they may well, as has happened elsewhere, use the promise of lower violence ot get a seat at the political table, that they couldnt get via the ballot box.

    I am a Reform Democrat

    by Pounder on Sun Jan 30, 2005 at 10:24:52 AM PST

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