Christopher Hitchens is back, and he has this to say about the Iranian regime's nuclear ambitions:
The existence of theocratic regimes that have illegally acquired weapons of mass destruction, that are at war with their own people, that are exporting their violence to neighbouring countries, sending death squads as far away as Argentina to kill other people as well as dissident members of their own nationality—the existence of such regimes is incompatible with us. If there is going to be a confrontation, we should pick the time, not them.
We're saying, "Let's give them time to get ready. Then we'll be more justified in hitting them." That's honestly what they're saying. When we have total proof, when we can see them coming for us, we'll feel okay about resisting.
Let the Chilcot inquiry call him to give evidence that actually matters, instead of wasting time worrying about whether to call Gordon Brown before the election or not. Philippe Sands called me part of the "angry left" that supports liberal interventionism, along with Nick Cohen, on BBC Radio 5 Live this morning. A label accepted with pride. If he were to associate me with Hitchens, I should be prouder still.