Meanwhile, despite headline-grabbing violence in Europe distracting attention away from the Middle East, the war in Syria shows no signs of abating. In his piece this week, Paul Wood says the situation in Syria is ‘the world’s most complicated cat’s cradle’, with President Assad, Syrian rebel groups, and Western forces often working at cross-purposes. So, with Isis’s territorial gains in the country slowing, is there a chance for military forces in the area to wrestle back control? And should the West be worried? Lara is joined on the podcast from Washington by Paul Wood, who tells Lara:
‘A hate crime is pretty much anything – it’s entirely subjective. And the thing that really amazes me is how everyone always moans about living in this ‘post-truth world’ and everything is supposed to be evidence-based. But when it comes to hate crime, that all goes out of the window.’
‘The death throes of the Caliphate, drawn out as they may be, mean that I think you’re going to see a lot of very, very motivated young fighters – some of whom originally came from Western countries – returning to those countries intent on taking lives.