The commentators 11-08-14
...on Isis and Iraq
The Kurds face one of the most horrible and brutal armies since the Middle Ages. The troops of the Islamic State are already in possession of the dam at the key Kurdish city of Mosul, with all the power that gives them over lives downstream on the Tigris. It would be an utter tragedy if we did not do everything in our power to give succour and relief to those who are now facing massacre and persecution, and to help repel the maniacs from one of the few bright spots in the Middle East.
- Boris Johnson, Daily Telegraph
Isis are very like the SS in occupied eastern Europe. There is the same idea of a mystical destiny that doesn’t just permit killing, but demands it. Like the Caliphate for the jihadis, the east, as Ingrao puts it, “symbolised a mythical space for the SS, a tabula rasa for Germandom to shape, a place rich with possibilities”. In service of that vision, the pits had to be filled with bodies.
- David Aaronovitch, The Times
The terrorist group now calling itself Islamic State has been lucky. It has so far been able to advance its repulsive agenda of violence and cruelty without bothering about comeuppance from the great powers. This is because it is confronted by probably the most incompetent and ill-equipped Western leaders of modern times. For two months, this barbaric group has been rolling forward. But Washington just dithered.
- Robin Harris, Daily Mail
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