Friday, 9 September 2011
From a long interview with Tony Blair in the Times today:
Richard Beeston: You wrote in your book: “If I had known that a decade later we would still be fighting in Afghanistan, I would’ve been profoundly perturbed and alarmed.” And, you know, we went in, we did the easy bit I guess and I suppose possibly we misjudged the challenges of trying to put together – to rebuild – a country like Afghanistan, and defeat the forces of the Taleban, do you think that’s…

Tony Blair: Yeah, I mean I think what we didn’t realise then, but realise now, is that this was not a group of extremists – I mean, sometimes there’s a, you know you can draw analogies with extremist groups that have caused terrorist acts before. Now, nothing as terrible as this or even remotely so, but nonetheless they are, as it were, pockets of extremism, and extremists who follow a particular ideology, that take action.
I think the thing that we came to learn later is that even though the number of actual extremists was very small, the number of people who bought a certain amount of the narrative that gave rise to that extremism was worryingly large. And, the real reason why it was difficult in Afghanistan and then in Iraq – and is difficult actually all over the region of the Middle East at the moment, is that the narrative in which religion is mixed up with politics and in which the idea that “the West is inherently in conflict with us” – that ideology, that has those ideas in it, in a very toxic way, is far more widespread than we understood at the time.

Here he admits the religious dimension to this extremism. And offers a solution: interfaith events.
PW: So the threat is a lot bigger than you even realised then?
Tony Blair: Yeah, the threat is deeper and bigger than we realised because it isn’t just about isolated pockets of extremism. It is an ideology with a movement and with a narrative, and you’ve got to undercut that narrative and that ideology if you want to destroy the movement.

I mean, that’s the reason why for example the foundation I’ve got was about religious interfaith – I think you’ve got to deal with the religious aspects of this. I mean, we constantly underestimate the degree to which many people in those countries are supremely motivated by their religious belief. And, you know, it’s important we understand that, we deal with it and we are creating the platforms in which people of different faiths and different beliefs can come together and learn from each other, learn to live with each other and coexist peacefully.
Source: The Times (£)


Mullah Lodabullah said...

The best Biblical response to these "interfaith events" is to avoid them - islam is hostile to and incompatible with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Anonymous said...

These malignant brained hate machines are tought from the day they are born to hate and destroy their percieved enemy, that is EVERYONE ELSE! Anyone who thinks they can turn these living hate machines around is dreaming. They are what they are nothing will change them. People who teach their kids to blow themselves up are insane. This is what we are dealing with and we better understand that before they make further inroads into civilized countries. Route out the infesatations before it's too late. P.C. time is useless and over. It allows them to do the horrible things they do.

Anonymous said...

Its only possible for a fucking lunatic crack-brained to say "Where Islam spreads, freedom dies" and his crazy henchmen to attest this. And as history has showed again and again, malignant-brained hate machines have tried to depict themselves as like they are peace lovers as well as promoters and saviors of freedom. That tragic irony has repeated itself in here. Well, most of us know their words of freedom are worth no more than the breath that it takes to say them.



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