What gallery is he playing to now? This is futile posturing.

The president of Iran, Hassan Rouhani, is speaking at the UN now. He says “certain intelligence agencies have put blades in the hands of madmen” during a UN speech

He said that all those who played a role in “founding and supporting these terror groups must acknowledge their errors” and “apologise”.

“Extremism is not a regional issue that only the nations of our region have to grapple with; extremism is a global issue. Certain states have helped in creating it and are now failing to withstand it.

Currently our peoples are paying the price. Today’s anti-Westernism is the offspring of yesterday’s colonialism; today’s anti-Westernism is a reaction to yesterday’s racism.

“Certain intelligence agencies have put blades in the hands of madmen who now spare no one. All those who have played a role in founding and supporting these terror groups must acknowledge their error. They need to apologise not only to the past generations, but also to the next generation.”

He added: “The strategic blunders of the West in the Middle-East, Central Asia, and the Caucuses have turned these parts of the world into a haven for terrorists and extremists. Military aggression against Afghanistan and Iraq and improper interference in the developments in Syria are clear examples of this erroneous strategic approach in the Middle East.”

No word of apology from him or for his backing of various strands of fundamentalist terrorism across the region.

This kind of thing get us nowhere – except deeper into the hole of victimhood. It is what we have heard from Irish republicanism for decades and only when they stopped moaning and pointing fingers did we get some semblance of peace.

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