The commentators 20-06-14
These are our neighbours, our friends, and we watch with distress as this terrible situation escalates next to us. Despite the false allegations of the Iraqi cabinet, whose exclusionary policies have fomented this current crisis, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia supports the preservation of Iraq’s sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity
- Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf Al Saud,
Saudi Ambassador, Daily Telegraph
The battle raging in Iraq is not new, but the latest in a series of symbolic historical events stretching back over the centuries: the disputed spiritual succession that set Shia against Sunni after the death of the Prophet in AD632; the medieval caliphate that the militants seek to resurrect; the 16th-century Persian empire that is the direct ancestor of modern Iran; and, above all, the colonial diplomats who carved up the region at the height of the First World War.
- Ben Macintyre, The Times
Al-Shebab, Boko Haram and now Isis have unleashed hate-crazed insanity across half of two continents and much of Islam. Country after country is being designated too dangerous for Britons to venture into. Now it seems the Channel is no longer a moat. Young British-born fanatics, motivated by rage and hatred against us, unassimilated and unassimilable, will come back from these war zones and training camps to vent their fury. The "whether" is behind us. The questions are "when", "how many" and "who"?
- Frederick Forsyth, Daily Express
The winds of change are blowing across the world’s most turbulent quarters. Will the west help or hinder those calls to unity? Will we help others learn the lessons of our past? Or will we continue to pretend that Arabs are not like Europeans or Americans?
- Ed Husain, Financial Times
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