Hammorabi feels that, contrary to the ideas of Brent Scowcroft and Zbigniew Brzezinski the USA may achieve a good success in Iraq but have to bear in mind the following points:
- To be genuine in its agenda about democracy and reconstruction process
- To accept the choice of the Iraqis and not to impose its choice on them
- To understand the Iraqi mentality and culture
- To understand that the Iraqi Shiites are different from the Iranian politicians
Firas Georges at blog Iraq & Iraqis gives an update on day-to-day life for Iraqi citizens: fuel problems, electricity problems, and the streets are [quite literally] a warzone. Only vaguely related to the Iraqi elections, Firas mentions that most business have departed for neighboring countries until after the elections.
Finally, the front page of iraq.net has a picture of election banners covering Freedom Square in Baghdad.