Commentary: Our commitment to Iraq must remains strong

Nearly two-thirds of eligible Iraqis turned out to vote in national elections Sunday. They did so despite mortar attacks, gunfire and even insurgents collapsing buildings near a polling place.

This represents a huge step forward for a war-shattered country and for American foreign policy there.

The next step has to be support for whoever emerges victorious.

Early indications are the election will be indecisive. There were so many parties that more than 6,000 candidates ran for 325 seats in the Iraq Parliament. Even coalitions of parties are likely to end up in minority positions, meaning coalitions of coalitions will be needed to finally hash out a government.

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