As the conflict seeking to re-balance the political spectrum of Iraq intensifies, one thing appears a surety: a different Iraq will emerge at the end of the violent sectarian conflict. Iraq is fractured and it will wind up a fractured land because of its socio-political make up - Shi'ite, Sunni, Kurd. Previous experiments to blend the various sects within the oil-rich nation have failed. Authoritarian rule prior and up to the rule of Saddam Hussein has always resulted in the domination of one sect of the other. Thus, when an oppressed sect feels enabled enough with or without cross-border support, it strikes out on its own sectarian agenda. Iraq is about 80 percent Arab and 20 percent Kurd. It is 99 percent Muslim - of which about 60 percent are Shi'ite and 35 percent Sunni. Given its proximity to Iran and Syria, Shi'ites enjoy measurable support. Similarly, Iraq's proximity to the conflict in Syria also provides a fertile battleground for radical Sunnis of al-qaeda in transit to Syria or seeking an alternative to Shi'ite governments in the region in order to realize their sectarian desires. Iraq Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has failed to maintain stability. He has failed to reach and to put in place the right balance-of-power needed to maintain stability. Since last September and escalating by January, the number of car bombings and deaths across Iraq have become numerous. Thousands have died. The government failed to curb what was looming on the horizon; thus Iraq has descended into conflict today.
United States President Barrack Obama noting that Washington will monitor developments in Iraq, has declared that: "Ultimately it's up to the Iraqis" to solve their own re-balance. Oil production in Iraq is back to the three million barrels-a-day range, and bar no disruptions to production that would adversely effect World prices and supply of crude oil, Iraq is faced with the opportunity to find a balance to stability with Iraqi characteristics.