I am often puzzled by the business agenda of the house. I have been keeping my eyes open for a debate to be tabled on the crisis in Iraq and what policy the UK should adopt in relation to the Isis/ Sunni insurgency heading for Bagdhad. There is no debate tabled. Instead we plod on with the tabled agenda of debates which will be largely ignored by everyone. The nearest related topic recently was Lord Dykes interesting short debate late last week on Middle East Jihadism, And yet Iraq is in the mess it is today largely because of our role in Iraq with the US. As Lord Dykes said “a judicially murdered dictator, a demolished professional army and a deliberately wrecked civil service infrastructure”. Never before, even including the humiliating defeat of the US in Vietnam, have the western allies looked so incompetent in handling the aftermath of war. Take that with the rising tensions between Sunni and Shia across the Middle East and the disturbing truth that the northern Iraqi population seems largely to support Isis then we may be approaching a moment again when intervention of any kind looks unattractive. However alarming the rise of fanatic fundamentalism, it cannot be tackled by any other than those whose own culture is threatened, that is the Syrians themselves.
US Secretary of State John Kerry is right there must be regional unity to expel Sunni rebels and that there can be no military solution, a new Iraqi government is needed to include people from communities where Isis has taken hold. What hope of that? Remote. Maybe we just have to accept that the borders created by the dismembering of the Ottoman empire after the First World War are no longer tenable. But one thing’s sure, we messed up the aftermath of war but further military intervention by the west will make matters worse.