What is less recognised is the way in which David Cameron’s Government decided, not without risk to the Conservatives’ electoral prospects in some key marginals, to withhold patronage and money from some Muslim organisations that, fitfully, had gained both under Labour.
Constant criticism has distracted from the strategy’s essential focus: stopping people from becoming supporters of terrorism or terrorists themselves.
Those who want to project force in the Pacific must explain how it would be consistent with maintaining our strength at home and nearer abroad.
Experience suggests that killers motivated by Islamist extremism seldom act outside terrorist networks.
The Government can help to ensure that one of the faith’s leading authorities publicly stresses the rights of religious minorities and women.
My great fear is that isolationism on the left and right could take root. And not all interventions have been disastrous – let alone about imposing our values.
Sensing blood, the vultures are circling: ISIS is active already, and not only in the remoter parts of country.
The most important task is the resolution of the constitutional crisis and a return to the normal democratic process.
We urgently need an inquiry to understand our strategic failures in the country, and what went wrong.
With a Batley teacher still in hiding, the Shadow Minister for Community Cohesion equates drawings with public vandalism.
Galloway is furthering a dangerous communalism – by dragging conflicts overseas towards the centre of domestic political discourse.
The Integrated Review of security, defence, development and foreign policy is upon us. But will the capabilities follow the challenges, or vice-versa?
Perhaps the answer is bound up with China – and our inability to focus on more than a single problem at once.