24 Sep 2014

IS top of the agenda at UN

Once a year, the world’s crises arrive on Manhattan’s doorstep. They bring with them traffic snarls, and a police presence on every street corner.

Foreign secretaries, undersecretaries and diplomats all dash for their seats in the general assembly.  The global bandwidth is crackling with crises. From Ebola to the Islamic State.

President Obama arrives to deliver nothing less than a call to war against extremism.  Exhorting nations to join the United States in its campaign against the jihadists of the Islamic State.

Obama broke bread with his new Arab allies last night – even as their air forces sent another round of missiles toward Islamic State targets close to the Syrian border with Iraq.

Not at the table – not even in the alliance – but certainly in the fight in Iraq – Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani who sat down today with British Prime Minister David Cameron.  The first meeting between the leaders of the two countries in 35 years.

Even as Britain is drawn toward war, persuaded by the threat of the Islamic State,  Nato’s secretary general described the campaign with airstrikes as necessary in both Syria and Iraq.



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3 reader comments

  1. Philip Edwards says:


    For an all too short while, the times they were a-changin’.

    51 years later, the times are even worse. And that’s after the Yanks murdered over 3 million Vietnamese and destroyed their countryside through spraying Agent Orange.

    Now what was Obama saying again……………………?

  2. anon says:

    On IS. on Ebola, President Obama I feel is making all the right calls. We are very fortunate to have him in the Whitehouse.
    The report you have tonight on the health and hence deeper motivation of supposed radicals could be really important. I think I once heard a comment in a history class about a “drowning man reaching for a snake”.

  3. jan says:

    this is a prime example of how the the UN, NATO the UK and Europe allow themselves to be dictated to in foreign policy matters by the US, a ridiculous war with no strategy, short term or long term purely aimed at regime change in Syria and protecting US oil companies currently stealing Iraqi oil from a terrorist organisation originally set up and funded by the US themselves. Utterly shameful as NO attempt whatsoever is being made to deal with the REAL issues which are purely internal middle east problems, we’ve had the same farcical situation in the Ukraine, when is EU going to say no to the Americans

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