While in office, Tony Blair came up with bizarre statements about the great conspiracy against ‘the West’. Now out of office, this fiction writing remains a convenient smokescreen to deflect attention from his crimes against humanity…he rang rings round supine cabinet colleagues and ministers (with some notable exceptions like Robin Cook and John Denham) with this bluster, and he believes he can still get away with it….SINCE LEAVING OFFICE
“I happen to think that there is a major struggle going on all over the world, really, which is about Islam and what is happening within Islam.” He said that this struggle had a ‘long way to go’.
The Times, 12 December 2009
WHILE IN OFFICE
“I still believe that, I think we are in a battle and I think the western world, a large part of it, is in a complete state of denial about it. Now I feel so strongly about it that I can’t back away from that. And I think that we are in real danger in a large part of the western opinion of completely misunderstanding the nature of the battle and the need to fight it, and we are really not fully appreciating the force that has been put against us, and you know this is not a set of isolated incidents, this is a global movement with an ideology that is fighting us in a very modern and clever way, and we have not got the strategy in place, sufficiently agreed across the western world, to defeat it at the moment.”
From Prime Minister Tony Blair’s interview in The Times, 2nd September 2006
NOT DISSIMILAR TO EURABIA THESIS
“The West is under threat from an enemy that has shrewdly observed the decadence and disarray in Europe where Western civilisation first began. And the greatest disarray of all is in Britain , the very cradle of Western liberty and democracy, but whose cultural confusion is now plain for all to see in Londonistan. The Islamists chose well. Britain is not what it once was. Whether it will finally pull itself together and stop sleepwalking into cultural oblivion is a question on which the future of the West may now depend”.
From Melanie Phillips’s Londonistan, Page 285 (Gibson Square, 2006)
This was the mindset too of Bush who used the term ‘crusade’ in responding to 9/11. It can be argued that it was only after his evocation of a religious war that a political confrontation acquired a religious colouring. Many groups, including Muslim anti-colonialist and Muslim national autonomy fighters, found it natural and convenient too to resort to religious symbolism, with devastating consequences [not least within the Muslim world]. Much to the satisfaction of the Likkud-partisan policy advisors on Capitol Hill. (200)