Syria — Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:30 pm on 18th March 2015.

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Photo of Lord West of Spithead Lord West of Spithead Labour 3:30 pm, 18th March 2015

My Lords, Stalin killed 5 million of his population, and yet we worked with him to defeat Hitler. Does not the Minister agree that ISIL, Daesh, or whatever we want to call it, is a far greater threat to stability in the region—and, indeed, to our country—than the Assad regime? Militarily, there is a lot to be said for working with him and then to look at dismantling the Assad regime after we have defeated the wolf closest to our sledge.