So it shouldn't mean anything. The Elections in Iraq that is.
I tend to believe in the Hegelian view of the state, that the state is a reflection of the people regardless of the technical details.
Or Dewey's view of democracy, that it's not process that defines a democracy, but that democracy is government by the aggregated ideas of an entire populace, the collective will manifested.
But it's still nice. Heartening. Photos of courageous happy people coming out of voting booths. Democracy in action.