Blair – the tired/tiring record


Tony Blair does not tire of calling on Muslims to show leadership! More than once he has claimed that the acts of political violence in Britain involving Muslims has nothing to do with international conflicts, but because of their religion…but his statements are more often portray a twisted logic…

TONY BLAIR: I think if we’d—if we’d backed off and we’d left him in power, you just imagine, with what is happening in Syria now, if you’d left Saddam in charge of Iraq, you would have had carnage on an even worse scale in Syria and with no end in sight. So, you know, this was the most difficult decision I ever took and the most balanced decision. But I still—personally, I still believe we were better to remove him than leave him.

AMY GOODMAN: That was British Prime Minister Tony Blair, former prime minister. Arundhati Roy, your response?

ARUNDHATI ROY: Well, you know, I don’t know. Maybe they need to be put into a padded cell and given some real news to read, you know? I mean, how can you say this, after creating a situation in Iraq where no—I mean, every day people are being blown up? There are—you know, mosques are being attacked. Thousands are being killed. People have been made to hate each other. In Iraq, women were amongst the most liberated women in the world, and they have been driven back into having to wear burqas and be safe, because of the situation. And this man is saying, “Oh, we did such a wonderful thing. We saved these people.” Now, isn’t that like—isn’t it insane? I mean, I don’t know how to respond to something like that, because it’s like somebody looking at somebody being slaughtered and saying, “Oh, he must be enjoying it. We are really helping him,” you know? So, how do you argue rationally against these people?

From the transcript of an interview which Amy Goodman had with Arundhati Roy, March 2013

 

June 2013

“Blair saw the [Quartet] role as a continuation of the principles he had espoused as prime minister. He saw the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as an important part of the war on terror, and believed it provided a rallying call to extremists. Resolving it would take away the opportunity it gave extremists to recruit others to their cause.” Mixed reviews for Tony Blair after 100th trip as Middle East envoy

September 2012

What, I’m afraid, is very dangerous and actually is wrong is the reaction to it (‘Innocence of Muslims’). “We need both the leadership within these countries and within Islam to stand up and say, ‘Look, there is a proper modern way of reconciling religious faith, democracy in society”. 17 September 2012, BBC Radio 4)

November 2005

He asserted that Muslims found it easier to blame others than to look inward; that ‘given half a leadership’, Muslims would ‘face up to the extremist menace in their midst’ (18 November 2005, The Guardian)

- he asserted that Muslims found it easier to blame others than to look inward; that ‘given half a leadership’, Muslims would ‘face up to the extremist menace in their midst’ (18th November 2005, The Guardian) (81)

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