Should the EU fail again in a future crisis, whether economic or humanitarian, the tide will surely turn in the 'Out' campaign's favour. Unless pro-EU campaigners swiftly make a positive case for the future of the EU, and why Britain needs to be a part of it, a 'Brexit' could be a very real prospect by 2017.
If you thought the Suez crisis of 1956 was a long way away, consider that there were joint Russia-China-Iran naval exercises this year, the collapse of the Soviet bloc in 1989 could be considered just a pause and the West versus the world's murkier and more dictatorial states is still a conflict in progress.
It is difficult to see when all of this is going to end, but one thing has to be made clear: as long as Assad remains, the number of deaths, homeless, and displaced will continue to grow. The world community must acknowledge, once and for all, that the end of this humanitarian crisis depends on an end to the Assad government.