In Syria the so-called realists continue to make a point of missing the point. Assad isn't a solution to the Islamic State threat. He is in fact part of the reason it gained so much ground in the region.
Britain's Defense Minister, Michael Fallon, recently announced that Britain will be involved in the campaign against Islamic State in Iraq that may last a few months. What kind of operational role will it, along with the U.S., likely be undertaking?
Now that the international community is taking action to help Iraq defeat the Islamic State threat to its existence the Syrian regime is simultaneously delegating more of its stretched resources to fighting Islamic State forces in Syria.
A recently disclosed Israeli foreign ministry document presents us with an appropriate time to ponder the feasibility, not to mention the possibility, of a two-state solution to the decades-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
The devastating and destabilizing assault carried out against the Iraqi state may actually serve to make it more unified, resilient and stronger than before as the Kurds and the army prepare a counter-offensive together.
With the black flag of the Islamic State having just been flown over the town of Sinjar and the displacement of thousands more Iraqis in the north we're once again reminded of the threat posed by a strong invigorated ISIS.