Is prime minister al-Maliki the right man for the job? There are three main factions in Iraq: Kurds 17% Shias 61% Sunnis 22% According to the al-Maliki government there is a Sunni deputy prime minister, a Sunni head of the military and nearly half the local governors are Sunni, so they dispute the allegations of ignoring the Sunni population. Critics blame al-Maliki and his Shia-dominated government for the worsening sectarian division in Iraq. The US is now suggesting that they will offer stronger military action, in the form of air strikes if the current government stands down. Are they right to do this? The al-Maliki government was voted in by the majority of the voters in the Iraq election in 2009, yet again a vision of democracy seems to be overturned by force. We in the west keep enforcing our views on the Middle East, but when they try to adopt our procedures, we do not seem to give them enough time to adapt. Perhaps an enquiry into why an Iraqi army containing 300,000 are not willing to stand against a rebel force with less than 10,000 men should produce answers while meetings with Kurds, Shia & Sunni continue to take place so that they have a strategy to follow when the violence ends.