Monday, October 22, 2007

Tony Blair sticks it to the Left about Radical Islam

So it seems that Tony Blair is not so lily-livered when it comes to the truth about radical Islam after all. Gateway Pundit reports on a speech given by Mr. Blair at the 62nd Alfred E Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner in New York on October 8. It seems that Mr. Blair got stuck into the Left for blaming the rise of radical Islam on the West:

Islamist extremism is similar to “rising fascism in the 1920s and
, 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".

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.”

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.

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