I find the US government's and many American citizens' self-congratulatory clamor over the Iraqi election baffling and ridiculous. Lest we forget - though apparently we already have forgotten - the United States invaded Iraq for two reasons: to find weapons of mass destruction and to break the Iraqi link to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. We now know definitively what many of us knew all along: both were nonexistent.
An election does not a democracy make. There are elections in Haiti, fer chrissakes. If there is to be a real democracy in Iraq (and not an American-backed puppet regime), did the United States need to kill tens of thousands of Iraqis and 1500+ of its own citizens to establish it?
I'm not enabling comments for this post, because frankly, I'm not interested in debating these ideas. This war makes me sick, and Americans' goopy awe at this phony election is even sicker.