Tony Blair Tells the Left They Are Mistaken About Radical Islam
Former British prime minister Tony Blair (C), who is now a special envoy to the Middle East, sits next to Cardinal Edward Egan (R), Archbishop of New York, at the 62nd Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner in New York October 18, 2007. (REUTERS/Chip East)
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair gave his first major speech since leaving office last night in New York City.
Blair blasted the Left for blaming the rise of radical Islam on the West.
Iran Focus and the Times Online reported:
Islamist extremism is similar to “rising fascism in the 1920s and 1930s”, Tony Blair said last night in his first major speech since leaving office.
At a prestigious charity dinner in New York, the former Prime Minister said that public figures who blamed the rise of fundamentalism on the policies of the West were “mistaken”.
He told the audience, which included New York governor Eliot Spitzer and mayor Michael Bloomberg, that Iran was the biggest exporter of the ideology, and that the Islamic republic was prepared to “back and finance terror” to support it.
“Out there in the Middle East, we’ve seen… the ideology driving this extremism and terror is not exhausted. On the contrary it believes it can and will exhaust us first,” he said.
“Analogies with the past are never properly accurate, and analogies especially with the rising fascism can be easily misleading but, in pure chronology, I sometimes wonder if we’re not in the 1920s or 1930s again.
“This ideology now has a state, Iran, that is prepared to back and finance terror in the pursuit of destabilising countries whose people wish to live in peace.”
He added: “There is a tendency even now, even in some of our own circles, to believe that they are as they are because we have provoked them and if we left them alone they would leave us alone.
“I fear this is mistaken. They have no intention of leaving us alone.