If you needed any proof that the current elections in Iraq are, indeed, very serious, here is some: Iran was caught trying to smuggle in thousands of forged ballots in an attempt to influence the outcome.
Just a little idle speculation here: could this be considered an act of war? My instincts say only by a real stretch, but it’s certainly food for thought. And something to keep in mind in our own dealings with Iran, both on our own and through the UN.
Update: now it appears, courtesy several commenters, that the New York Times was once again talking out its ass on this story. All I can say is that it fooled bigger and better bloggers than me.