A few weeks ago an idiotic politician blandly dismissed any threat from returning Jihadis; all they would want to do, he pontificated, would be to take up their NVQ in IT Administration at the local Tech college and settle down to life as responsible British citizens. I wish I could grab the moron by the scruff of his suit and rub his nose in it. Whatever the Jihadis now being held by the police were planning - sawing the heads off pensioners at a bus stop, a shopping mall gun and grenade massacre, firebombing churches - I'd gladly hand over this idiot politician to their comrades to discover very personally the reality of the danger they pose.
And now of course ISIS are succeeding in causing instability in Turkey. As an indication of just how little it takes to cause civil unrest, schism and sectarianism on Europe's eastern edge - threatening the government - it also raises once again the question of whether Turkey is reprising its role as the Sick Man of Europe.
And, er, what of the much heralded Euro Army, or joint reaction force or whatever? That Franco-German thing that was supposed to leap to rapid deployment in the event of such threats to the EU? Why aren't they being rushed to assist in the defence of Kobani? Cyprus, an EU nation, is just a spit away from the combat ... Ah, I see - it's a NATO thing, which means the French and Germans will be relying on the US to send troops.