By the Rt Hon. David Jones MP

In the wake of a grim catalogue of atrocities carried out by Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, David Jones MP argues that defeating fundamentalism requires a democratic Iran

By Lord Maginnis of Drumglass

In early December UN monitors pointed out that there was substantial evidence of sanctions violations by Iran in Iraq, where the leader of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Quds Force was apparently operating with impunity in spite of a Security Council blacklist barring him from travelling to UN member states.

By the Rt Hon. David Jones MP

For more than 30 years, the Iranian regime has been one of the world’s worst violators of human rights. Its breaches include the massacre of 30,000 political prisoners during the summer of 1988, as well as a systematic war against dissidents, women and ethnic and religious minorities. Over the last year, declining respect for human rights in Iran has worsened considerably, and has now reached crisis point.

Lord Maginnis of DrumglassBy Lord Maginnis of Drumglass

It is more than simply unfortunate that Western policymakers look at Iran and appear to see only what they want to see. They heap praise on progress in the nuclear negotiations without looking at the actual content. They tune into televised smiles and reasonable-sounding public statements from the Rouhani administration and tune out the bombastic threats, insults and anti-Western rhetoric that invariably accompanies them. They push for large-scale rapprochement with Iran on the apparent assumption that its crimes will disappear if we somehow pretend they don’t exist.