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I en tale på onsdag sa Tony Blair at vestlige militære inngrep i Midtøsten så langt har feilet på grunn av islamsk ekstremisme som stritter imot den moderne verden til de grader at det skaper risiko for en global katastrofe.

Støtte til militære inngrep er raskt synkende i befolkningen, og da særlig i Storbritannia. Blair sier at vi må velge side og om nødvendig gå sammen med Russland og Kina i G20 for å motvirke islamsk ekstremisme, som er roten til alle mislykkede vestlige aksjoner.

Han innrømmer at hele vesten nå for enhver pris ønsker å holde seg unna etter de blodige utfallene i Irak, Syria, Libya og Afghanistan, men sier at islamsk ekstremisme fremdeles representerer den største trusselen for sikkerheten i verden.   

I sin tale i London på onsdag sa den tidligere statsministeren at vesten er nølne med å gripe tak i islamsk ekstremisme fordi politikere er ukomfortable med å snakke om religion. 

Tony Blair

«For the last 40 to 50 years, there has been a steady stream of funding, proselytising, organising and promulgating coming out of the Middle East, pushing views of religion that are narrow minded and dangerous. Unfortunately we seem blind to the enormous global impact such teaching has had and is having.

 «Within the Middle East itself, the result has been horrible, with people often facing a choice between authoritarian government that is at least religiously tolerant; and the risk that in throwing off the government they don’t like, they end up with a religiously intolerant quasi-theocracy.

Insisting that the west has to take sides, he describes Islamic extremism as «not about a competing view of how society or politics should be governed within a common space where you accept other views are equally valid. It is exclusivist in nature. The ultimate goal is not a society which someone else can change after winning an election. It is a society of a fixed polity, governed by religious doctrines that are not changeable but which are, of their essence, unchangeable.»

Han innrømmer at Libya er et eneste rot som har gitt ustabile forhold i nabolandene og beskriver Syria som en absolutt katastrofe. I Syria, hevder han, er det nå kanskje best med en (om enn uspiselig) interimavtale som lar Assad forbli ved makten.

«But what is absolutely necessary is that we first liberate ourselves from our own attitude. We have to take sides. We have to stop treating each country on the basis of whatever seems to make for the easiest life for us at any one time. We have to have an approach to the region that is coherent and sees it as a whole. And above all, we have to commit. We have to engage»

Blair advarte: «The threat of this radical Islam is not abating. It is growing. It is spreading across the world. It is destabilising communities and even nations. It is undermining the possibility of peaceful co-existence in an era of globalisation. And in the face of this threat we seem curiously reluctant to acknowledge it and powerless to counter it effectively.»

The Guardian