Biden’s policy would have the perverse effect of strengthening the regime just when it is under most pressure, leaving it free to fund Hezbollah, supply drones to Russia and otherwise destabilise the region.
It at least gives hope that, after the chaos and corruption of the last decade, some limited change and political accountability might at last be possible.
Raisi, who presided over the execution of 5000 regime opponents in 1988, would be a strong bulwark against an Iranian version of Gorbachev taking over.
Let’s have a no-holds-barred strategic review which asks how we can best defend our interests given the vertiginous acceleration of military technology.
To do so would mean more than staying in step with Trump. For no US administration could accept being bound into a UN system without a veto.
Ministers believe that the present legal framework isn’t fit for purpose if prosecutions of returning terrorists are to be successful.
They have spent their lives attacking the people who risk their lives trying to protect us from evil and dangerous people. And they lie as they try to cover their tracks.
The seriousness of the uprising can be judged by the severity of the crackdown. Over a hundred people are dead, and the internet has been shut down.
As well as a response to the immediate crisis, we need to start planning ahead properly and routinely.
I’m glad to see we’ve now had the guts to stop a tanker we believe is smuggling Iranian oil in defiance of sanctions on Syria.
Instead, the Party must demonstrate how the Labour leader as Prime Minister would raise living costs and damage public service.
Hamas, Hezbollah, the IRA, Assad, Maduro, dodgy Czech ‘diplomats’, Iranian propagandists….the list goes on.
The odds are stacking ever higher against the man who has dominated his country’s politics for years.
It will be a significant step forward in keeping this heinous organisation from inciting hatred on our streets.