D'awa, secular nationalists and the Iraqi Awakening Alliance do well in provincial elections.
For the past few years I haven't dared read Juan Cole's Blog.
I assumed that the news from Iraq would horrify me.
Rumors that the provincial elections went rather well caused me to read his latest post.
Oh my oh my looks promising.
According to Juan Cole, many Iraqi's seem to have rejected federalism, sectarianism and dare I hope chosen peace.
D'awa is the party of Prime minister al Malaki and is, naturally, if favor of a strong central government. Iraqi Sunni Arabs are too, which is odd for a minority, but there is little petroleum where they live so central money flows to them.
A very dramatic result was the apparent good performance of the Iraqi Awakening Alliance, the political expression of Sunni Arab Iraqi's who agreed to stop fighting the central government in exchange for US money. Sounds like a vote for peace.
Also Arab nationalists won in Mosul whcih tends to settle the argument about whether it should become part of Iraqi Kurdistan.
Cole makes no mention of Moqtada al Sadr (or Ahmed Chalabi for that matter) in which cases I consider no news excellent news.