“Like the Tal­iban which banned sports events, mu­sic, and cel­e­bra­tions, the ISIS ni­hilists of­fer a vi­sion of the world so for­eign to any of us as to be in­com­pre­hen­si­ble. And this ni­hilist vi­sion now presents the French gov­ern­ment with a gen­uine “how to res

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devil in this house”), then surely the Quai d’Or­say now has to hold its nose and switch its fo­cus from re­mov­ing As­sad to wip­ing out ISIS?

With that in mind, and in the con­text of the broader Mid­dle East­ern civil war, this week­end’s tragedy is good news for Rus­sia and Iran, and bad news for the Gulf states as at­ten­tion will in­creas­ingly shift to neu­tral­is­ing the source of the fun­da­men­tal­ist ide­ol­ogy. One im­me­di­ate re­sult of the Paris at­tacks was to win sup­port for ac­cel­er­ated US-Rus­sian backed talks be­tween all the main re­gional pow­ers that aim for a res­o­lu­tion to the Syr­ian civil war.

Last week­end’s mil­i­tary-style ter­ror­ist act in Paris will hope­fully turn out to be ISIS’s “Op­er­a­tion Barabarossa”, an ac­tion mark­ing the apex of its pow­ers, but one which sparks a co­or­di­nated re­sponse lead­ing to its even­tual liq­ui­da­tion.

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