British prime Minister at the time of war on Iraq believes that the terrorist bombers who struck London in July were motivated by the same kind of hatred and fanaticism as terrorists in Kashmir and Afghanistan. In an Interview to the Hindustan times on 7.9.05 as he did not believe that terrorist violence was merely a response to foreign policy. His views on this is very clear as he elaborate terrorists will use the issue of Iraq, of Palestine, of Afghanistan, of Kashmir or Bosnia. They will use any issue to justify what they do. But actually, the fundamental point about their ideology is a hatred for anyone different from them.
Former British PM Tony Blair who will always be remembered as a man who took UK to war with Iraq along with US president George Bush now wants Britain to join hands with Russia in another war — that against radical Islam. He has asked the UK and the US to put aside their differences with Russia over Ukraine and “co-operate” to fight a new enemy in the form of radical Islam which he felt governments in Europe and America had become “curiously reluctant to acknowledge”.
Blair, who is now an active mitigator of peace in the Middle East, called the region including Pakistan or Iran “as a vast unfathomable mess with no end in sight and no one worthy of our support”. “An international programme to eradicate religious intolerance and prejudice from school systems and informal education systems and from organisations in civic society would have a huge galvanizing effect in making unacceptable what is currently ignored or tolerated”. “Whatever our other differences, we should be prepared to reach out and cooperate with the East, and in particular, Russia and China. On this issue also, there is a complete identity of interest between East and West. China and Russia have exactly the same desire to defeat this ideology as do the USA and Europe. Here is a subject upon which all the principal nations of the G20 could come together, could agree to act, and could find common ground to common benefit.”
Blair said that Ukraine has served to push the Middle East to the inside pages, with the carnage of Syria featuring somewhat, but the chaos of Libya, whose government we intervened to change, hardly meriting a mention. However the Middle East matters. What is presently happening there, still represents the biggest threat to global security of the early 21st century.
Blair added, “The region, including the wider area outside its conventional boundary – Pakistan, Afghanistan to the east and North Africa to the west – is in turmoil with no end in sight to the upheaval and any number of potential outcomes from the mildly optimistic to catastrophe. At the root of the crisis lies a radicalized and politicized view of Islam, an ideology that distorts and warps Islam’s true message. The threat of this radical Islam is not abating. It is growing. It is spreading across the world. It is de-stabilizing communities and even nations”.
Blair said there were four reasons why the Middle East remains of central importance. First it is still where a large part of the world’s energy supplies are generated. Secondly, it is right on the doorstep of Europe. Third, in the centre of this maelstrom, is Israel. Its alliance with the USA, its partnership with leading countries of Europe, and the fact that it is a Western democracy, mean that its fate is never going to be a matter of indifference. “Finally and least obvious, is a reason we are curiously reluctant to admit, in part because the admission would throw up some very difficult policy choices. It is in the Middle East that the future of Islam will be decided. Wherever you look – from Iraq to Libya to Egypt to Yemen to Lebanon to Syria and then further afield to Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan – this is the essential battle”.
In the last 50 years, there has been a steady stream of funding, proselytizing, organizing and promulgating coming out of the ME, pushing views of religion that are narrow minded and dangerous.
“The Muslim population in Europe is now over 40 million and growing. The Muslim Brotherhood and other organisations are increasingly active and they operate without much investigation or constraint.