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Why would Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki agree to step down? The Hill reported the news just awhile ago that Maliki is stepping aside and endorsing his replacement. Here are some possible reasons:

  1. Too much pressure from all sides including the U.S. and Iran for him to go.
  2. Too much of a patriot to stay.

Those are sufficient reasons. More could be added but it would not be honest such as:

  1. Self recognizance of his malfeasants to form a coalition government and to make it work.
  2. Belief that no one else will be able to govern either.

CNN’s Fareed Zakaria share pessimism about the Middle East's capacity to produce pluralistic governments. He fears that the Middle East will turn into sectarian states, and that minorities are in peril.

While many are hopeful that nations in the Middle East will emerge that are accommodating of diversity in ideologies and ethnicity, others are pessimistic. The outcome is up to the free world, and the ultimate outcome puts the free world’s viability at stake.

At stake is a war between ancient religions and ideological beliefs that are man made and crusty with mythology and modern ideas for equality and democratic governance that subordinate old ideas to new governance.

Iraq is one of many instances of opportunity where the free world can intervene as a participant to shape solutions. It isn’t about bombing terrorists that transform into political organizations rivalling nation states. It is about changing people's’ ideas about how to live in sustainable economies that ensure peace and security for global citizens.

President Obama’s legacy is a trivial consideration, but his contribution to transforming Iraq by supporting the political process to achieve required outcomes can establish his being respected as a world leader who made a difference. Here is your opportunity.

“Iraq’s al-Maliki to step down as prime minister

By Justin Sink - 08/14/14 04:17 PM EDT

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has agreed to peacefully step down and endorse the deputy nominated to replace him, ending a political stalemate that threatened to overwhelm the country's fragile central government.

Al-Maliki's decision clears the way for deputy prime minister Haider al-Abadi, who was nominated for the top post earlier this week, to form a unity government that Iraqi and American officials hope could calm the sectarian strife that has gripped Iraq in recent weeks.

It's also a foreign policy win for the White House, which vocally endorsed al-Abadi's candidacy as the best chance for Iraq to move forward.

Earlier Thursday, President Obama implored Iraqis to seize "the enormous opportunity of forming a new inclusive government" under al-Abadi.

Obama said the prime minister-designate had spoken about the need for "a government that speaks to all the people of Iraq" in a phone conversation earlier this week.

"He still has a challenging task in putting a government together, but we are modestly hopeful that the Iraqi government situation is moving in the right direction," Obama said.’

http://thehill.com/policy/international/215180-iraqs-al-maliki-to-step-down-as-prime-minister