Bashar al-Assad is responsible for some of the most heinous war crimes of recent times, including the use of chemical weapons, the mass imprisonment and torture of political opponents, and the indiscriminate bombing of civilian areas causing massive casualties. Yet the unpalatable reality must surely be that, despite his grim record, he remains indispensable in the search for an end to the conflict.
This week, my social media feed has been dominated by two images; four-year-old children on the doorstep - ready for their first day at school, and a three-year-old's body on a beach. The same images shared by the same people on consecutive days. Parents posting their ultimate image of hope and pride alongside fear and shame.
Channel 4's Krishnan Guru-Murthy stopped reporting on the refugee crisis this week, and actually got involved to help. And I'm so glad he did... The argument made by one commenter on the Channel 4 News Facebook page, that "Krishnan needs to remember that he is a journalist and stop his personal crusade" is rubbish.
Last week pictures of three year old Aylan laying face down, dead on a beach here in turkey hit the news. To us europeans the picture was an eye-opener. A reminder of the gruesome reality, the painful fact that children knocking on our doors, asking for our help, die in an attempt to reach a better future...