The commentators 19-08-14
If we fail to acknowledge the difference between a legitimate political movement and a group like Isis, more Muslim Brotherhood supporters will give up on the civil process and turn to violence. It should be obvious. Mohamed Morsi is not a terrorist leader. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is. That we would even consider merging the two is a hideous misjudgment.
- Memphis Barker, The Independent
The extent to which religious difference – exemplified by the Christian-Muslim-Jewish divide – threatens to impinge on UK foreign policy is new, and will only grow. It is no wonder Cameron is wary of granting the bishops’ request to save persecuted Christians before others, but his very hesitation speaks eloquently of changing times, at home as well as abroad.
- Mary Dejevsky, The Guardian
The danger is that in the weeks ahead, the RAF will be called on to strike targets in Iraq. Then a mission that began with the sole aim of delivering aid will have escalated into reconnaissance and intelligence-gathering – and then into a genuine military campaign. Put simply, Britain will have succumbed to mission-creep. The best way to avoid the creep is to define the mission. So here goes: “to join an international effort to stop IS by diplomatic and military means”.
- David Blair, Daily Telegraph
The geopolitical ructions of recent weeks pose a new level of threat to the infrastructure of globalisation. Conflicts, actual and potential, in Ukraine, the Middle East and elsewhere are also now a real risk to economic recovery.
- John Plender, Financial Times
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