Tony Blair was on top form last night, in his first major speech since leaving office, addressing a charity fundraiser in New York. Warning that the war on extremism and terror was 'far from over', he unapologetically compared radical Islam to Nazism and outlined the danger arising from the fact that this ideology 'now has a state - Iran'.
And Blair had no time for the argument that the answer to Islamist extremism is to avoid any further actions that might 'provoke' its wrath:
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.
Welcome back, Tony. We've missed you.
Where this blog leads, others follow. Read Oliver Kamm over at CiF, arguing that 'far from sabre-rattling, Tony Blair's speech about the threat of a nuclear-capable Iran was simply telling it like it is'.