How Iraq's Democracy Finally Worked

Some revealing background:

As an indication of the election’s importance to the United States, [Ambassador Christopher] Hill was seen shuttling back and forth between the offices of various political parties all day Sunday in an effort to pressure them to reach a deal.

“Go upstairs and vote!” he shouted at a pair of slow-moving lawmakers as they climbed a set of stairs to the chamber before the session.

Where is David Lean when you need him?