Had a haircut this morning; I’ve noticed most barbers I come across in Sydney these days are Arabic. This one was Iraqi. We started to talk about the Syrians moving across Europe. His picture is that all of us Anglo-Australians are wealthy; it was an excuse to ask if I owned my house.
But we started to talk about IS; his take was that they were a couple of thousand blokes, in jeeps with guns. They could be overcome yesterday. They are deliberately being held in place so that a geographical struggle is being waged between the USA and Russia.