Man skal være forsiktig med historiske analogier, men noen ganger er det som jeg føler vi lever i 20-30-årene. Denne gang heter fascismens sentrum Iran, sa Tony Blair under en større tale i New York før helgen.
Blair kan være meget tydelig og klar i sin analyse. Det var han denne gang når det gjelder Irans rolle. Han sa også at USA og Europa er på vikende front og ikke helt forstår trusselen.
In his first major speech since leaving office, Mr Blair said that Iran was prepared to destabilise peaceful countries in support of the «deadly ideology» driving Muslim extremism.
Speaking at a charity event in New York, Mr Blair said that the US, Britain and their allies risked being «forced into retreat» if they do not show «even greater determination and belief» in their common values.
Mr Blair, who is now an envoy for the Middle East Quartet, 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.»
He said: «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.»
Mr Blair received three standing ovations during his address to an audience of powerful New Yorkers, including Rupert Murdoch, chairman of the News Corporation, and mayor Michael Bloomberg.
He said that violent extremism was a «perversion of the proper faith of Islam», which used «demonic skill» to exploite genuine grievances and fears held by Muslims around the world.
«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,» he said. «I fear this is mistaken. They have no intention of leaving us alone.»