How strange is Malcolm Turnbull’s view that Assad, who has killed two hundred thousand Syrians, should be at the conference table and part of the ‘political solution’ to Syria, and Islamic State, who have killed one tenth that number, should not be at the table.

We spoke to the Nazis in 1945, the Japanese in 1945, the Vietnamese in 1968 and 69, after the killing of tens of millions of people in those wars, but we won’t speak to Islamic State, they are off the map, they are horrible people, more horrible than the beheaders of Sandakan or the meducal experimenters of Belsen.

In similar vein Bush and Cheney would not negotiate with Saddam Hussein. They chose instead to gaol him, charge him, shoot his lawyers, prevent him calling witnesses who would have proved that Cheney was once his…

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