MARK THIS DAY. The ends will never justify the means, and the means America chose and its intervention in Iraq will never be justified. Even an apparent courageous outpouring of hope for a democratic Iraq does not sweep away the misleading justifications and erroneous pretexts for toppling Saddam Hussein. Still, I was relieved and heartened by news of the turnout at the polls in the Iraqi elections. Perhaps an important corner has been turned. If so, it has come at an extremely high price for Iraqis, for Americans, and for the safety of the world.