Israel is often mentioned as the only real democracy in the Middle East. This point was brought home recently, as Syria took to the polls. Current President Bashar Assad won 97% of the election. Just one catch, he was the only candidate. Not to be outdone, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad called Assad's election results, "a victory for all freedom-seeking nations."
One has to congratulate the 3% who managed to vote against Assad but more importantly, one has to remind the world that an election with one candidate is not a real election, nor is it a victory for anyone - most especially not a freedom-seeking nation.
Israel remains the only viable democracy in the Middle East.