By Lord Maginnis of Drumglass

The White House has made a strong effort to downplay the apparent diplomatic snub that is Saudi King Salman’s decision not to attend this week’s Washington summit with Gulf Cooperation Council leaders. The Obama administration has indicated that they do not regard it as a snub and do not believe that the decision is in response to any substantive difference of opinion.

By Lord Maginnis of Drumglass

There is no doubt that France, as a nation, tends to get an unfair rap from time to time, being the butt of many jokes about a tendency to surrender. It is a silly stereotype that doesn’t stand up to historical scrutiny but, for some reason, it persists.

The memories of people who make fun of the country don’t extend either before or after World War II. But even with one’s focus lodged there, the broader context shouldn’t undermine the reality of France’s military strength or its political will. One remembers that when Paris fell to the Germans, the French never stopped fighting and its underground movement became legendary.

By Lord Carlile of Berriew CBE QC

The terrorist attacks in Denmark this month and in Paris earlier in January, dreadful as they were, provided just the latest example of Islamic fundamentalism at its worst. There is now the desperate need for a coherent strategy not only by Western political leaders, but also by the leaders of peace-loving Muslims around the world.

By Lord Maginnis of Drumglass

Uncontrolled decadence, secret police, torture, executions, and an agenda opposed by the people of Iran: Those factors are what brought down Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi in February of 1979. More than 36 years later, those conditions remain familiar to Iranians throughout the country and abroad, as the current regime has proven itself to be even more barbaric. Further, the country's economy lies in shambles as the regime relentlessly pursues a fundamentalist Islamic agenda.