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Tony Blair: west must take sides against growing threat of radical Islam

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Extremism is bad whether Muslim, Christian or Jewish

Extremism is bad whether Muslim, Christian or Jewish

Guardian: Western military intervention in the Middle East has so far failed due to the distorting impact of an Islamic extremism so opposed to modernity that it could yet engender global catastrophe, Tony Blair warned on Wednesday in a keynote speech on the state of politics in the Middle East.

With support for intervention ebbing fast, especially in Britain, Blair urged a wilfully blind west to realise it must take sides and if necessary make common cause with Russia and China in the G20 to counter the Islamic extremism that lies at the root of all failures of western intervention.

Ex Prime Minister Tony Blair

Ex Prime Minister Tony Blair

He admitted there was now a desire across the west to steer clear at all costs following the bloody outcomes in Iraq, Syria, Libya and Afghanistan, but said the extremism still represents the biggest threat to global security in the 21st century, saying it is holding back development across Africa and the Far East.

In a speech to Bloomberg in London on Wednesday, the former Labour prime minister claimed the west was reluctant to look unflinchingly at Islamic extremism because the world of politics is uncomfortable talking about religion.

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11 Responses to Tony Blair: west must take sides against growing threat of radical Islam

  1. Rafiq A. Tschannen

    April 23, 2014 at 4:59 am

    How blind this guy is! Does he still not realize that ‘Western military intervention’ has in fact given birth to ‘Islamic radicalism’?

  2. Ghulam Sarwar

    April 23, 2014 at 11:01 am

    But Tony is right in advising against extremism, at present Islamic extremism(?)
    We see that the majority Muslims are misled and they are having a wrong notion about Islam and Sharia. If there is any good knowledge about Islam, it is the Muslims who are blocking the way about the spread of true Islam.
    It is like Jesus a.s. saying about old time Jewish leaders:”They neither enter nor allow any one to enter into the kingdom of heavens….”
    Dear Rafiq, no offence, but I felt Tony Blair is right in advising that something should be done in good time to control the menace.

  3. Zia Shah

    April 24, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    Quoting BBC

    Tony Blair has warned Western leaders they must put aside their differences with Russia over Ukraine to focus on the threat of Islamic extremism.

    In a speech the former UK prime minister – now a Middle East envoy – said powerful nations must “take sides” and back “open-minded” groups.

    Mr Blair told the BBC ahead of the speech the West would pay a “very heavy price” for not intervening in Syria.

    He said the opportunity to create “an optimistic solution” had been missed.

    He argued the West had a “responsibility but also an interest” in making sure that “huge struggle” was “resolved in the right way”.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-27122008

    In my opinion wars fuel radicalism. True solution against radicalism is education, prosperity and a thriving middle class.

    Just like Tony Blair wants the West to be united, the Muslims should not be fighting each other, either.

  4. Hibatur Rehman

    April 25, 2014 at 4:22 am

    I am afraid Tony Blair lost all credibility after his famous comments on the weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. These comments show his poor understanding about the real issues threatening the world peace.

  5. Qudsia

    April 25, 2014 at 5:24 am

    I’m pasting the reply I left at the Guardian website:

    If Blair had an iota of sincerity in what he’s saying he would have started off by apologizing for attacking Iraq because Saddam Hussain was NOT an extremist Muslims. He was just your “regular” dictator. In fact, he was even benevolent toward non-Muslims in the country. A Christian Iraqi lady whose family moved here after the mayhem resulting from US military invention, lamenting about the horrific conditions that now prevail in Iraq mentioned how Saddam Hussain used to give government aide to the Churches.

    (Qadhafi was also not a Muslim extremist, but just another..well not “regular” but an eccentric dictator. He had also taken a host of nation building initiatives.)

    Before the Iraq war, suicide bombers used to be recruited by Muslim extremists in the name of Palestinians–a people unjustly driven from their homes and their sub-human living conditions brought into effect and accepted as normal by the west.

    It was still a more contained problem…but by wreaking havoc on Iraq, the entire Muslim world has fresh images of atrocities on their TV screens every day….of buildings collapsing, of bombs exploding, of women and children dying…bloody, maimed civilians depicting the daily horrors of Iraq after western take-down of Saddam, who as it turns out had the extremists under control.

    Now try to imagine the horror we feel here in the west at seeing the images of the Twin Towers falling, of being reminded of the deaths of those that went down in that tragedy some years ago. Imagine the horror we feel at the deaths of the victims of the Boston Marathon from last year.

    Now imagine going through that every day. The only reason you would not feel a cause-effect relationship or would not justify a cause-effect relationship between the deaths of civilians and the resulting animosity is if you don’t think that death of an Iraqi civilian merits as much consideration and emotion as death of an American or a Brit.

    Of course extremism is unjustified. Of course it is heinous and repugnant to every fiber of our humanity. But much of it is brought on by equally or more heinous and repugnant actions. Extremists in power or those seeking power fuel their activities by the examples of atrocities provided by the west, so readily available these days.

    Religion, or any ideology, can be molded to manipulate the psyche of a people already charged with anger, frustration and rage. They are then easily used as tools to do the manipulator’s bidding. It’s not religion, it’s human psychology.

    If Blare is actually interested in world peace, he should try practicing precepts of universal justice, where death of an Arab in the Middle East is as distressing and undesirable as death of a white Brit or an American, where sovereignty of a developing nation deserves as much respect as that of the developed world. That would be the real challenge, but the only path with any real chance of lasting peace.

    —————–
    (Of course, universal justice is what our Khulafa have been emphasizing in efforts to promote international peace.)

  6. Iftikhar Ahmad

    April 25, 2014 at 5:25 am

    If British authorities are so concerned about their education institutions being infiltrated by “extremists” then I suggest they stop Tony Blair, architect in chief of the illegal and violent 2003 Iraq invasion from speaking at colleges and universities across the UK and the world. His lies and fabrications caused the deaths, directly and indirectly, of thousands of Iraqis, British and Americans. While the survivors of his wars suffer in silence, this former British Prime Minister makes millions through his speaking engagements at educational institutions across the world with little or no sign of remorse for the suffering he caused. Nothing I see that suggests the British Muslim educators in question did anything illegal, let alone anywhere as remotely destructive as the twice elected British Prime Minister. Britain’s interests would be served better if they questioned their own domestic and overseas policies instead of perennially whining on about “extremist” from their (mostly) law abiding immigrant communities. Blair’s spitefully unapologetic role in the debacle of Iraq’s invasion & occupation, his hypocritical backing of the Egyptian military overthrow of a legitimately elected government fuelled the rise of that “Islamic extremism” he now prattles on about. Taking the massively-discredited advice of someone whose actions brought about the very problems they now decry is the height of foolishness.

    Tony Blair’s speech seeking to rally global support for a confrontation with Islamic extremism generated a storm of reaction, most of it negative and much of it focusing on the messenger rather than the message. The only person distorting Islam’s true message is people like you, Tony. Islam has remained steadfast in the face of idiots like you who want to mould it to fit your own prejudices and many a heads have rolled doing it. Does that man feel no shame. He took us into an allegedly illegal war with Iraq because his buddies in Uncle Sam wanted revenge for the New York atrocity. And ever since then at some point of another we have been under attack, he decided to prance around becoming the worlds police and we have suffered because of that. And lest we forget the many brave English soldiers who have lost their lives directly because of Blair, so we shall not take lectures from him. Tired of Blair. Tired of the causes of Blair. His wars did more to de-stabilise the Middle East and stoke hatred here than anything that went before. He should be in prison for the deaths of millions not making millions. The more I hear from Tony Blair, the more I am disgusted by him and everything he stands for and did..

    It’s not just Muslim extremism that’s the problem, but Christian and Jewish extremism too. Also neo-Nazi extremism that the USA and EU are making use of in Ukraine. It’s unbelievable that a man who was instrumental in the War of Aggression against Iraq was appointed as UN Middle East Peace Envoy! In his “peace envoy” role he’s been banging the war drum for British/US/NATO bombing of Syria. Who does this man actually serve? The Americans, the British, Israel, or the UN? …all of the above? ….or just himself? If Blair’s crimes were committed by Putin or Assad, the ‘international community’ would be: a.) Counting the dead (e.g. Syria) b.) Comparing him to Hitler and demanding he be marched to the Hague to face charges of high war crimes! But when Blair and Bush do it, not a peep from anyone (apart from us angry citizens, George Galloway and a handful of independent journalist – e.g. John Pilger) Clearly the Western Elite have a different rule book to the rest of us. Shame on our media for not doing their job and reporting on the hypocrisy and double-standards.

    International commentary should just ignore the lunatic. The more he talks the more insane he appears and therefore the less credible he becomes. The rest of us should just ignore him and put his comments in the “thanks but no thanks” suggestions pile. What is Blair’s mission? Is it religious? Is it ideological? I mean, most people just shut the fuck up after the type of carnage his career unleashed, but he’s just relentless. Thank God he doesn’t;t have any power anymore. A very dangerous personality type. He genuinely is a case study for a psychopath. “One of the most common personality characteristics of the sociopath is their grandiose sense of self and entitlement. Sociopaths also often display a lack of remorse and most have a very manipulative personality covered by superficial charm. Sociopaths often use people as a means to getting what they want.” It’s a given Blair’s a war criminal now he’s on a religious crusade. His moral compass is fucked! Most politicians are psychopaths…read Dr Hares 10 point test. It’s from Dr Hare..psychopathy test. It is believed that one person in 100 is a sociopath..I would imagine that it would probably be 90% of politicians are sociopaths/psychopaths…the title is interchangeable.

    Meanwhile, a columnist on the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, Anshel Pfeffer, tweeted: “The fascinating thing about Blair’s speech today is that it could have been a Netanyahu speech, word-for-word, they share the same outlook. There’s my answer…. “Blair and George W Bush are as responsible for radical Islam as any of its leaders. The war in Iraq caused the death of almost a million Muslims. It gave a reason for every radical in the Middle East to go to war against the west. Let’s be honest – it’s called genocide and mass murder. Events in Yugoslavia are the same. Countries and leaders who organized it must be punished by the real World Community. Blair is so utterly delusional and frankly thick that he is completely unaware that he [and Bush, Putin, Netanyahu and so on] are the mirror image of what he is railing against. He is an ignorant religious extremist, ultra nationalist and corporate whore seeking an endless war against slightly different religious extremists, ultra nationalists but dispossessed people. Just so that he can make money and feel important.

    A columnist for the Saudi-owned al-Hayat daily, Jihad al-Khazen, said: “Blair and George W Bush are as responsible for radical Islam as any of its leaders. The war in Iraq caused the death of almost a million Muslims. It gave a reason for every radical in the Middle East to go to war against the west. In a nutshell. Before the Iraq invasion, Al Qaida were a bunch of cave dwellers who had just won the terrorist equivalent of the Euro Millions with their 9/11 attack. They were no more powerful than Bader-Meinhoff and fading. Now they control great swathes of geo-politically important real estate from North Africa to the Euphrates river. And Blair, with his stupid war-mongering is directly responsible for that. I don’t know why this pathological, narcissistic moron still has a public platform.
    IA

  7. Alia sadaf

    April 25, 2014 at 5:44 am

    Many of these conflicts in Muslim world are in fact due to the west’s hypocritical policies
    Supporting the dictators and brutal kingdom’s in one place and trying to support the democracy in other place,in real worl,it does not work like that

  8. Mohammed Shuaib Sheikh

    April 26, 2014 at 4:57 am

    I am not an Ahmady.

    Good posts. I agree with most of the posters. It is Tony Blair and the West’s behaviour towards Muslim countries and Muslims that is the reason for the Islamic terrorism and extremism. There was no Muslim extremism or terrorism before Jews were planted in Palestine. Then attacks on Muslim countries fuelled the isms.

    West’s two faced policy on Human Rights and international laws regarding Kashmiris and Palestinians is another reason for the Muslim anger. Why Russian action in Ukrain is being treated urgently and differently from Israel’s thousands of illegal and inhuman actions in Palestine. Similarly Hindustan is allowed to defy UN resolutions and murder Kashmiris who want the implementation of the UN resolutions which say that a Plebiscite be held to determine what the Kashmiris want.

  9. Umar Solim

    April 26, 2014 at 9:25 am

    The Problem is The Muslim World Decay!

    The decay is Internal NOT External. The Muslim World suffers from disunity and discord by political, theological, sectarian, and tribal conflicts.
    Muhammad Asad (1900-1992) – born in Austria as Leopold Weiss – mentioned about The Muslim Decay nearly six decades ago: ” A rediscovery of the open road of Islam is urgently required at a time like this, when The Muslim World finds itself in the throes of a cultural crisis which may affirm or deny, for centuries to come, the validity of Islam as a practical proposition. Set as we are in the midst of a rapidly changing world, our society, too,is subject to the same inexorable law of change.”

    Tony Blair sees fit to taking full advantage of The Muslim World Decay to articulate America’s(Pentagon/Washington) Foreign Policy again, and again.
    On Feb 15, 2003, Tony Blair said in a speech in Glasgow – Scotland: ” Getting rid of Saddam will be an act of humanity.” Sadly, very sadly indeed, Blair left behind slaughter, massacre, bloodbath, mass murder. What really is Blair’s political agenda on World Stage?

    Very conveniently Blair ignores the violation of Human Rights in the so-called Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. That so-called Muslim country is the birth place of Al-Qaeda and the long list of so-called Muslims who are coercing others to accept and to abide by their religious belief. It should be mentioned, en passant, that AL-ISLAM and Muslims are NOT synonymous.
    The Muslim World has to realise that Al-Islam is fluid and dynamic, it stands for Society’s Socio-Economic Welfare. Hence a genuine Peaceful Islamic Revolution is overdue in each and every so-called Muslim State. The Noble Qur’anic Message must be actualised into reality. As Marshall G S Hodgson (1922-1968)- former Professor of World History at The University of Chicago – wrote nearly five decades ago: ” If Islam can be shown to be capable of providing fruitful vision to illuminate the modern conscience, then all Mankind, and not only Muslims, have a stake in the outcome.”

    The ball is well and truly in The Muslim World’s court. The Almighty certifies in The Noble Qur’an that ” Ye have indeed in the Apostle of GOD a beautiful pattern of conduct.” 33:21

    THE CREATOR knows best; HE is the Possessor of Foreknowledge.

    Peace, La Paix, Shalomm and Salaam to everyone.

    Umar Solim – England

  10. Mohammed Shuaib Sheikh

    April 28, 2014 at 11:08 pm

    Umar Solim
    “Tony Blair sees fit to taking full advantage of The Muslim World Decay to articulate America’s(Pentagon/Washington) Foreign Policy again, and again.
    On Feb 15, 2003, Tony Blair said in a speech in Glasgow — Scotland: ” Getting rid of Saddam will be an act of humanity.” Sadly, very sadly indeed, Blair left behind slaughter, massacre, bloodbath, mass murder. What really is Blair’s political agenda on World Stage?”

    Tony Blair’s agenda as you say is to articulate America’s (Pentagon/Washington) and you have missed Obama’s foreign policy again and again. What is America’s (…….) foreign policy? It is to destabilise and weaken Muslim world so that “West’s WAY OF LIFE can be imposed on the Muslim world. Sadly they are succeeding in that. To destabilise and weaken any country you need help from within. And that is easy to secure where there is poverty and low standards of living. Therefore to fight the onslaught of the agenda the Muslim world and Muslim countries will have to make the distribution of wealth equitable to eliminate poverty and raise the standards of living of Muslims.

  11. Rafiq A. Tschannen

    April 29, 2014 at 4:01 am

    MSS: To eliminate poverty is of course a good goal and it will solve some problems. However, why are European Muslims flocking to Syria to kill other Muslims? They are not coming from a poor part of the society. Syria was a relatively well off country, before the destabilization set in. Why indeed are Muslims / Arabs falling into the trap of the destabilizing agents (CIA, MOSSAD etc.)? Difficult to understand …

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