The election commissioner of Iraq stated that the elections went off very well. I concur with my local observations: it was a quiet, uneventful election day indeed. This is in contrast to last year where we saw numerous columns of smoke, heard gunfire and explosions, and reports of worse. This is a great victory for the Iraqi people; simple control of anti-law elements!
Yes, this has to be a great blow to the terrorists hoping to turn Iraq into a fundamentalist Islamic state. Hoping that they could turn it into another Vietnam and the US would leave, allowing them to establish their extremist doctrine, giving them an army to take over the rest of the Middle-East with. (All this from a captured communication from Ayman al-Zawahiri to Zarqawi. See link: Plot Exposed) Victories like this peaceful election continue to accrue and terrorism is struck another deadly blow!