With news this morning of some three hundred Yazidi women and girls being kidnapped and forced into slavery and a further (circa) five hundred innocents slaughtered or buried alive for the crime of refusing to capitulate to the IS extremists' demands and convert to Islam. Up to 150,000 Yazidis have been forced to flee to the Sinjar mountains to seek temporary refuge from the IS that stigmatise them as 'devil worshippers'. Is this really where we are in 2014? Conversely, it is fairly widely agreed that in the case of Iraq, the country and its inhabitants were far safer - relatively speaking - under Saddam Hussain's regime. Should the West up military activity and intervene once more? Arguably the coalition forces presence during the eradication of Hussain's regime and subsequent withdrawal have added to the state of disarray in Iraq, providing the perfect climate for an extremist group like IS to flourish. Please, discuss.