Listening to several experts of what is going on in Syria on BBC Newsnight last night, I am more than ever convinced that isolating Isis in Syria and Iraq is the only solution. Besides the Isis brand of terrorists and Assad’s troops there are at least three other mutually antagonistic forces. It is probably the most complex civil war that has ever taken place in history.
Even if Isis were defeated — and there is absolutely no sign of this yet — then it is impossible to say just what the situation would be afterwards. It is likely that Iraq would gain some sort of unity, but it’s totally impossible to forecast just might continue to happen in Syria. It is complicated beyond anything that politicians and diplomats ever have to deal with. The only solution is for Syrians — or different regional cultures within it — to sort out a solution themselves.