Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Isis could have been 'nipped in the bud' with attack on Assad in 2013 say ex UK defence chiefs

Syrian president Bashar al Assad

This can cut both ways, towards helping the opposition, or to military intervention as the answer. At least the former solution is getting some airplay.

"Some of us did warn that if we didn't deal with President Assad back in 2011-12 and were not seen to support the opposition properly, then more and more people would be drawn to extremist organisations — Al-Nusra, and now Isis," said Richards.
"We are our own worst enemy. We simply ignore problems," said Robertson,
 who urged the UK's politicians to do more to convince the public why the
 government needs to take military action. "Unless people are convinced there
 are things worth fighting for, then we'll be in trouble. We're faced with Isis now,
 it's a headline issue, it's horrifying." '

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