[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/WORLD/meast/02/01/iraq.election/art.ramadi.vote.cnn.jpg caption="Iraq's election on Sunday was 'free and fair', says Frum."]
Israel may have to retire its title as the only democracy in the Middle East. With Sunday's free and fair national election, Iraq joins the honor roll as one of the very few Islamic democracies.
Other Middle Eastern countries hold elections too, of course. But those elections fall into two broad categories. The first category is the blatantly rigged: Iran, most spectacularly, but also Algeria, Egypt, and Yemen, among others. In the second category, elections are more or less honest - but fail to exert much control over the actions of the government: Lebanon, Morocco, and Jordan.
In Iraq, despite violence, votes are honestly counted. Once counted, votes decide who rules. For all the country's well-known problems, that record is a remarkable achievement.
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