The Week: Most Recent Middle East:Iraq Elections recent posts.en-usFri, 19 Mar 2010 09:57:00 -0400http://theweek.com Recent Middle East:Iraq Elections from THE WEEKFri, 19 Mar 2010 09:57:00 -0400Iraq election: Winners and losers<img src="" /></P><p><span>With results from Iraq's March 7 elections nearly complete, the coalition headed by Prime Minister <span>Nouri</span> <span>al</span>-<span>Maliki</span> is maintaining a razor-thin lead over the allies of secular Shiite and former prime minister <span>Ayad</span> <span>Allawi</span>. It could take weeks or months of negotiating to determine who will be included in Iraq's next government, but Iraq's three main groups &mdash; Sunni and Shiite Muslims, and ethnic Kurds &mdash; could be</span> headed for a major power shift. Here, a run down of likely winners and losers in the Iraqi elections:<br /><br /><strong>THE WINNERS</strong><br /><br /><strong><span><span>Ayad</span> <span>Allawi</span>:</span></strong> No matter how the final tally turns out, <span>says Reuters...</span></p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 19 Mar 2010 09:57:00 -0400Did Iraq just win one for the Busher?<img src="" /></P><p>Wouldn't it be weird if George W. Bush turned out to be right about Iraq?<br /><br />Clearly, Bush and his merry band of neocons were wrong about plenty. They were wrong about weapons of mass destruction. They were wrong about Saddam Hussein's alleged, Kleenex-thin connection to 9/11. They were wrong about almost every practical decision they made and every word they said regarding the occupation.<br /><br />But do you remember what it was that tossed up all those juggling balls of justification in the first place? It was a simple, if immodest, geopolitical calculation:&nbsp; If we could get rid of an increasingly bellicose...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/tish_durkin" ><span class="byline">Tish Durkin</span></a>Wed, 10 Mar 2010 06:30:00 -0500Did democracy win or lose in Iraq?<img src="" /></P><p>Iraqi voters went to the polls on Sunday, braving mortar fire and bomb blasts in Baghdad and several other cities, in a pivotal election to choose the government that will run the country as U.S. forces withdraw. At least 38 people were killed in Baghdad alone, but turnout still reached 55 percent or more, exceeding expections. While the final results aren't known yet, does the election itself constitute a victory for democracy in Iraq &mdash; or did the terrorists take the day? (Watch a report about resistance to democracy in Iraq)<br /><br /><strong>The bombers failed. Democracy won</strong>: "In any other country, an outbreak...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffMon, 08 Mar 2010 13:20:00 -0500