Obama must join Putin on ISIL

In his is testimony before the U.S. Senate on September 22, 2015 former General David H. Petraeus, speaking truth to power, remarked that the crises of the Middle East pose a threat not just to regional stability but also to global stability and to vital interests of the United States.

This is particularly true of the morass in the vicious Syrian imbroglio into which Russia has now entered in an increased fashion in its attempt to bolster the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

Syria no longer exists as a state and the future of the area is unpredictable. The country has disintegrated after five years of civil war, with 350,000 people killed, millions who have fled or been displaced, and the loss to the regime of Assad of three quarters of the territory of the country.