Under Saddam's rule, the ballot had one name, and Iraqis checked yes or no to keep him in power. Anyone want to guess how many people voted no? Only the ones with a death wish. And if you were a good looking young woman out on the street, one of Saddam's sons may have had his thugs kidnap you for a little non-consensual sex. How the Iraqis must miss that family.
Violence free elections are a sign that Iraq is headed toward what passes for stabilization in many Arab nations, a welcome occurrence that may hasten the withdrawal of US troops before the planned 2011 reduction of forces in Iraq. Minus film clips of blood, gore, and grieving civilians, expect the network news to spend very little time reporting the good news out of Iraq. The bad news is that non-events in Iraq give the media more time to gush over Obama's man boobs, or his wife's clothes, or maybe his kid's dog, or what he ate for lunch today, or...you get my point.