Firstly, credit where credit is due. The leader of Barnet Council has announced that the council will help resettle 50 Syrian refugees. This blog is not always a fan of our Conservative Council, but they have done the decent thing and credit to Richard Cornelius for displaying decency and humanity.
It gives me no pleasure iin saying this, but sadly it is clear that there is only one solution to the problem. It is not a palatable one, but given the threat IS pose to the residents of Syria and the threat their ideology poses to the wider world, I have come to the conclusion that putting a stop to their activities is perhaps the number one priority for the civilised world. And there is only one way this can be done. It will involve a massive loss of face for the west and will result in a huge foreign policy coup for the Putin regime. But we live in a grown up world and sometimes the only solution is the pragmatic one. In short, the West should reverse its policy of regime change in Syria and back the Assad regime. However vile and repugnant his regime was, we did not have the spectre of IS. Chirsitians and other minorities were relatively safe and there was no refugee crisis. If Assad took IS out tin Syria, the tumour infecting Iraq would be removed and IS would have no safe haven and supply bases.
This may sound like a repugnant prospect, given Assads appalling record on human rights, but as far as I can see there is no other credible alternative that will see the end of IS. The sad truth is that deposing dictators in Iraq and Libya has not delivered free and safe societies for the citizens of these countries. The definition of stupidity is to keep doing the same thing and expecting different results. The sad truth is that if you want to keep a lid radical islamic nutters inb the middle east, you need foul and repressive dictators. It gives me no pleasure to say it, but it is true and if you believe otherwise, you probably still believe in the tooth fairie.