The main Sunni parties have quit negotiations on a new government. Sadrite Shiites rally in Baghad. The Iraqi government has acted calmly and sanely since the shrine atrocity, but we are at a point when we need minimal sectarian strife. Which is why the terrorists struck, of course. Khalilzad now has an even higher mountain to climb. But the alternative is a nightmare. Hang in there, Zalmay.