Points East & West

‘In the savage quagmire of Iraq, the Kurdish enclave is a state in all but name—and one that displays Western traits of decency, tolerance, freedom, stability and prosperity’

‘In Syria and Iraq my enemy’s enemy is not my friend, not even by the wildest stretch of the imagination’

‘Inclusiveness is a nice slogan for a campfire sing-along. It is obscene when it becomes a bystander’s excuse for inaction as evil occurs’

‘A Jewish exodus will be a rude awakening to Europeans who wish to ignore the problem. The returning jihadis hate Western society no less’

A world without the US as global policeman will collapse into chaos

‘The Arab-Israeli conflict defies solution. It is time the West recognised that the differences are irreconcilable-and the sooner the better’

Hassan Rouhani, Iran’s president, and his new administration want to save the Islamic Revolution, not reform it

‘Thanks to sanctions, the West was winning the race against a nuclear Iran. There is a good chance now that Iran will be the victor’

‘The United States and other powers appear resigned to conceding, in the final stage of a future agreement with Iran, that Tehran has a right to enrich uranium’