Iraqi demonstrators are now taking matters into their own hands.
Indonesia's Shi'a minority is under heavy attack by Saudi-funded Wahhabists.
Once loosed, the dogs of war range where they will.
As Syrian society slowly disintegrates, non-aligned states from the developing world may show the way forward to a diplomatic resolution.
Attacks from Iraq's Sunni militant groups are unlikely to provoke Shia reprisals. But what the violence can do is increase the chances that Iraqis will lose complete faith in their political leaders.
Iraq's future depends on a reconciliation between the Maliki government and the Sunni refugees who have fled to neighboring countries.
What is the terrorist group trying to accomplish this year, and will the Iraqi government respond effectively?
McCain and Palin shout triumphantly, "We're winning the war in Iraq." Such rhetoric collides painfully with reality.
While politicians in Washington argue over the future of Iraq, half a world away a bloody battle for the soul of Iraq is being fought by Iraqis who are paying a high price for the U.S. occupation.