War in the desert. We have, of course, been here before. Must it happen again?
The trite answer is that air strikes will target Islamic State whether Britain approves or not.
Nevertheless, it is important that we count ourselves among the coalition forming up against IS.
We have seen more than enough atrocities perpetrated by Muslim extremists in the last 13 years – yet IS has taken it to a new level of horror.
Its barbarity and wickedness take the breath away. Muslims across the world have been horrified – and have not been slow to say so.
This “state” cannot be allowed to establish itself across Iraq and Syria because it will not stop there. Its followers have a bottomless well of hate to draw on.
Yesterday’s decision was the right one. Yet where it will eventually lead us no on can know.