Much though I like and respect Douglas Murray, I reckon he and other Ayatollohaphobes* are wrong about the deal struck with Iran. If Iran’s willingness to negotiate was evidence that sanctions were working, rather than a sudden flowering of the ‘let us all now be frenz’ spirit in Tehran – then the sanctions have surely done their job. That was the point of them. This seems to me so straight forward as to be almost tautological. There are risks with any deal, risks that the mullahs may indeed renege. But it is hard to argue on a basis of fact, rather than prejudice, even if you are living in Tel Aviv, that the world is not a slightly safer place right now as a consequence of the deal. Even if the hapless Cathy Ashton was a party to it.
On a side issue, but of relevance: there is not a country in the world – with the possible exception of Egypt – which has more cause to be mistrustful of the UK and USA than does Iran. Our involvement, especially, in that country has been unspeakably malign; greedy, vicious, tyrannical. Regardless or not of whether the Iranians are ‘genuine’ in their apparent wish for a peaceful settlement, we should count our blessings that it is possible to achieve some sort of accord.
*Irrational fear or loathing of grim, bearded, medieval robe-bedecked quasi-fascist Muslim clerics.