So much for a Western-friendly, secular, open-minded, “liberated” Iraq:
“Religious fundamentalists now have the upper hand. The secular and nationalist candidate backed by the US and Britain was humiliatingly defeated.
“The Shia religious coalition has won a total victory in Baghdad and the south of Iraq. The Sunni Arab parties who openly or covertly support armed resistance to the US are likely to win large majorities in Sunni provinces. The Kurds have already achieved quasi-independence and their voting reflected that.
“The election marks the final shipwreck of American and British hopes of establishing a pro-Western secular democracy in a united Iraq.
“Islamic fundamentalist movements are ever more powerful in both the Sunni and Shia communities. Ghassan Attiyah, an Iraqi commentator, said: ‘In two and a half years Bush has succeeded in creating two new Talibans in Iraq.'”
Iraq has become an inspiration to one major country in the region: Iran.