Thomas Friedman, the New York Times columnist, recently opined that what Iraq needs, now that U.S. and coalition forces are finally scheduled to pull out, is a “big, tough mediator” to help its various religious and ethnic groups live together without blowing each other up. (See article.) It might actually take a platoon of big tough mediators, but it is nice to see such a vote of confidence for the Mediation profession from a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and journalist. There are organizations devoted to providing mediators for governments, businesses and non-governmental organizations around the world. For example, see IMI. Regardless of who provides the mediators, they certainly have their work cut out for them. But it seems to be a worthwhile endeavor. The Mother of All Mediations sounds much more civilized than the Mother of All Battles.