History repeating itself over Syria
The Westminster debate on bombing Isis targets in Syria shows history has taught nothing to the major Western powers - primarily the USA and Britain.
Nobody denies that Isis is an evil threat that has to be eliminated, nor that security in European countries is paramount.
But the more Isis has been bombed in Syria, the more recruits it has gained - from 15,000 to 30,000 fighters.
Besides, military experts keep saying that bombing alone without putting boots on the ground will solve nothing.
Finally, Britain and the USA alike seem to lack the power of imaginative diplomacy.
Whether they like it or not, Syria is a country officially ruled by Assad and his national army.
So, if Isis is a common enemy, why have they discounted the option of exploring the possibility of joining forces with him as the most obvious ally?