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.
Britons can be very proud that he quickly answered the calls of the Kurds at the moment of their righteous rebellion and intense suffering.
When his family fell on hard times, education made the difference. Were there to be a vacancy in that department, he would be an obvious candidate.
Tensions have been building for the best part of a year, serious skirmishes broke out in June – and America is nowhere to be seen.
They deserve more attention in our developing foreign and security policy – since the Middle East matters massively to global peace and prosperity.
It is no secret that some senior civil servants in the Foreign Office do not share the Prime Minister’s commitment to implementing the Truro Recommendations.
Turkey appears to assume that their opponents will flee. But if they’ve nowhere to go, they’ll have no alternative but to fight.
I hope that, one day, it is no longer just an autonomous region in Iraq, but gets the independence it deserves.