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Eli Lake

Votes for a Rebel Cleric Prove the Resilience of Iraqi Democracy

Say what you will about the U.S. invasion, but one result is hard to dispute.

Moqtada al-Sadr doesn’t symbolize what he used to.

Moqtada al-Sadr doesn’t symbolize what he used to.

Photographer: Haidar Hamdani/AFP/Getty Images

When it comes to Iraq, the fates have a sense of humor.

The party of the middle-aged cleric who once led an insurrection against U.S. forces won the most seats in last week's election — an election America's intervention 15 years earlier made possible.