Confront Isis with clarity, determination

This summer's crises in Iraq, in Gaza, and on the Russian border with Ukraine have reminded us that the peace and security we sometimes take for granted here in Britain are fragile and precious. Even those who might think they had become accustomed to the horrors perpetrated in our world will have been shaken by these events and, in particular, the atrocities committed by Isis, which calls itself Islamic State.

The perverted mission of this organisation is the systematic destruction of anyone who refuses to share its religious ideology. It has led to the terrible suffering of the Yazidis, Kurds, Christians, Muslims, journalists such as James Foley who do not join Isis's fight. Such actions have appalled people from every community in Britain.

And more than this, we know that Isis is challenging a democratic government in Iraq — albeit an extremely imperfect one — and attempting to establish a new state...

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