There were no cars on the streets and, therefore, no car bombs. There were millions of voters, and once again the inspiring sight of Iraqis turning en masse to the ballot box, this time — it appears — to approve a new Iraqi constitution.
Official results are not expected until midweek, but the table now appears set for the next chapter of the Iraq saga. The question is whether it looks like more of the same — insurgency and a slide toward civil war — or something better.
Shia, Sunni, and Kurds appear to have voted their interests, but do those add up to the national interests of Iraq, peace, and a U.S. exit?
Hear about the fog of democracy in Iraq.
Dan Murphy, Christian Science Monitor reporter.;
James Dobbins, Director of International Security and Defense Policy for RAND.;
Ian Lustick, professor of Political Science at University of Pennsylvania and author of "Unsettled States Disputed Lands: Britain and Ireland, France and Algeria, Israel and the West Bank-Gaza" and "Right-Sizing the State: The Politics of Moving Borders.";
Fouad Ajami, director of Middle East Studies at the School for Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University;
Peter Galbraith, Senior Diplomatic Fellow at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation in Washington DC and former United States Ambassador to Croatia.
This program aired on October 17, 2005.