The halving of Glasgow’s murder rate over the past 10 years has become the success story we all want to emulate
I will never forget the first time I saw the infamous Vietnam War protest poster, titled "Q: And babies? A: And Babies." As
We've heard this all before. You said you'd be the greenest government ever. We believed you. You hung out with huskies. We believed you. Time and time again. You put a wind turbine on your house. We believed you. We wanted to believe you.
It is as easy to insist on a political settlement in Syria or in Libya as it is to talk of crushing ISIS. In Syria and Iraq, ISIS gives every indication of denying the legitimacy of compromise, so the concept of settlement would be out of bounds. In Libya, where ISIS is present but far from dominant, there could (and, for their own self-interest, should) be more possibility of arriving at an initial settlement between the Dawn and Dignity rivals.
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The absence of intervention following alleged crimes against humanity was seen as a complete disregard for civilian lives, leading thousands to join extremist groups which have now morphed into ISIS.
Libya is now in flames. This might seem to be a rather hyperbolic note on which to begin, but it is true. The country is spiralling out of control, and the city of Benghazi, the former rebel capital in the 2011 revolution against the dictatorship of Colonel Gaddafi, has reportedly been captured by Islamist militants and declared an 'Islamic emirate'.
Despite the existence of other international crises, the civil war in Syria and its effects remain. Three years on from the beginning of protests against the dictatorial rule of President Assad, the original struggle for greater rights in a tyrannical state has morphed into an armed revolution.
Syria has been, by and large, relegated from the front page to the 'World News' sections of quality papers. Politicians no longer mention the fate of that nation and its occupants - and, if they can summon up the courage, they do so in mundane statements, of the sort which bloodlessly assert how truly awful it all is.
Just as the anti-war left had no answers to the massacre of the Kurdish people in 1991, just as it had no answers to the rise of fascism in the 1930s, naïve pacifism has no answer to the rise of expansionist Russia, and to the continued destruction of Syria.