The new head of Britain's armed forces, General Sir David Richards, claims the West cannot defeat al-Qaeda and "militant" Islam.
The general said: "In conventional war, defeat and victory is very clear cut and is symbolised by troops marching into another nation's capital. First of all you have to ask: do we need to defeat it [Islamist militancy] in the sense of a clear cut victory? I would argue that it is unnecessary and would never be achieved.
A thought: We try marching into the enemy capital before declaring defeat. So long as one stone stands upon another in Mecca, we have yet to begin this war much less fight it.
No need to start with Mecca, mind you. The British Army should first deploy to Bradford, Oldham and a dozen formerly English cities and get stuck in.