The commentators 23-06-14
...on the Middle East
Non-intervention is also a decision with consequences. In the case of Syria those consequences have been dire, and as security chiefs in the UK and Europe are warning, they pose a real threat to our security. Second, no analysis of the Middle East today makes sense unless we examine the impact of the Arab revolutions overturning the old regimes.
- Tony Blair, FT
The “Levant” means Lebanon as well as Syria. And if they’re victorious in destroying Iraq and Assad of Syria, many of these young men will return “home” to Lebanon. In their thousands. Perhaps that should be our “thought for the day” as we gasp, breathless, at the news from Baghdad.
- Robert Fisk, the Independent
The British state, especially under Tony Blair, pretended that militant Islam could be contained at home by fighting it abroad but that was a complete fallacy. Our interventions in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya have only succeeded in fuelling extremism within Britain, whipping up jihadists to new heights of self-righteous fury.
- Leo McKinstry, Daily Express
At every stage, the West has underestimated Iran. It is our most sophisticated strategic adversary. Currently, it is playing the West for suckers because it has understood our weakness: that we are no longer prepared to fight our attackers but we seek to appease them.
- Melanie Phillips, The Times
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