By insisting that peace negotiations must be about the departure of Assad from power, something that was never going to happen since Assad held most of the cities in the country and his troops were advancing, the US and Britain made sure the war would continue.The chief beneficiary is Isis which over the last two weeks has been mopping up the last opposition to its rule in eastern Syria.We must also face the reality that Putin's Russia and her practical support of Assad has been all that's saved us so far from a despotic Sunni / Wahabbi armed mob at the door of Europe. Turkey's having kept the border with Syria open has allowed in not only the hundreds of volunteer Brit jihadis but arms, money and supplies vital to the brutal advance of ISIS in the Sunni crescent. And now Turkey's own stability is threatened; if the country falls to Sunni radicals, the barbarians will be once again at the gates of Europe.
Merkel of course is closer to the threat both geographically and in terms of folk memory. In southern Austria the Herrgottswinkel, the room corner with tiny windows and a stout door in which hangs the crucifix, was the last place the family would huddle in defence before being put to death by the Turkish invaders. That Merkel looks to Russia as a potential defender of Europe as well as to NATO is both pragmatic and a condemnation of the lunacy of Cameron's close links with Saudi Arabia, source of much of the ISIS threat.
I don't believe, as some suggest, that Cameron acts deliberately against the interests of the UK; I think he is both a loyal British subject and that he wants the best for Britain. Unfortunately, he is just not terribly bright, nor has he any meaningful understanding of his country's history. Were it otherwise, he would never have allowed us to back so many wrong horses in these races. He would make a half decent ambassador for some capital heavy on tradition and protocol, but a Prime Minister? God help us.