Earlier today we learnt that the Iranian charged with negotiated with the West about Tehran's nuclear programme has resigned. The BBC is portraying this as a victory for the hardline position of President Ahmadinejad.
The resignation comes one day after Tony Blair had spotlighted Iran in his first major speech since resigning as Britain's Prime Minister.
Speaking to a New York gathering - without fee - that included Rupert Murdoch and Michael Bloomberg, Mr Blair also focused on the wider war on terror. Three key extracts of his speech (I've been unable to locate the full text) are republished below:
Iran is a terrorist-sponsoring state: "Analogies with the past are never properly accurate and analogies especially with the rising fascism can be easily misleading, but in pure chronology I sometimes wonder if we're not in the 1920s or 1930s again... This ideology now has a state, Iran, that is prepared to back and finance terror in the pursuit of destabilising countries whose people wish to live in peace."
We did not start this war and our enemies believe that we are too decadent to bear the sacrifices necessary to prevail: “There is a tendency even now, even in some of our own circles, to believe that they are as they are because we have provoked them and if we left them alone they would leave us alone. I fear this is mistaken. They have no intention of leaving us alone. They have made their choice and leave us with only one to make - to be forced into retreat or to exhibit even greater determination and belief in standing up for our values than they do in standing up for their’s.”
This is not about Islam versus the west but moderates of all faiths versus extremists: “Either the argument will be as our enemies want it framed as Islam versus the west. Or it will be as we want it framed as moderates of whatever faith, colour or race against extremism however it manifests itself.”