December 05, 2014 - Former British PM Tony Blair, who is currently the subject of a public inquiry into the Iraq war, claims “radical Islam” is the “key challenge” the West faces today. He said terrorism is inextricably linked to this “dangerous” variant of Islam.
In what may have been a cloaked attempt to distract from the legacy of his government’s impact on crisis-ridden Iraq and Afghanistan, the former PM staunchly defended his decisions while in government.
Currently a Middle East envoy and highly-paid consultant to various authoritarian governments, Blair made the comments during an in-depth interview published by Vanity Fair.
Adopting a somewhat confused logic, he claimed “the reason it was tough in Iraq and tough in Afghanistan is the reason it is tough today.”
“At some point, people will understand that it’s not because of something we’ve done … It’s tough because terrorism is deep-rooted and it’s got very strong causes within the religion of Islam.” read more>>>
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