Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s interview with David Gregory on “Meet the Press” on Sunday laid out the twin battles Western leaders are fighting against long-range terrorism:
Determined and persistently vicious Islamic attackers abroad; and persistently liberal blind critics at home determined to blame the West that Islamic terrorists are trying to kill us.
Referring to a speech Blair gave last week in London, in which he declared Islamic terrorism is not only a persistent threat but one that is growing across the world, Gregory tried to put the blame on the White House of George Bush and 10 Downing Street under Blair.
“Did you, did President Bush, did the West fail to deal with the extremism you talk about today appropriately in Afghanistan, in a sustainable way?” Gregory asked.
Apparently used to being questions when he last stopped beating his wife, Blair handled it like a pro. And in the process said something George Bush and former Defense Secretary Donald “Long, Hard Slog” Rumsfeld said over and over.
“This is a long battle, right?” Blair said. “The best way to look at this is to take an analogy probably with something like revolutionary Communism or even Fascism. In other words, this ideology, it’s not going to be defeated by an engagement in Afghanistan, in Iraq, or even in these individual arenas. It’s going to be defeated over a long period of time.”
And its origin is not in Western imperialism, Blair said.
“If it were the case, for example, that the reason why they were engaged in this terrorism in Iraq was because of the presence of American troops or British troops, you would expect when we’d get out the terrorism would stop,” he said.
“It doesn’t. And it doesn’t because it’s not coming from us. It’s coming from this ideology — and we aren’t going to defeat it, until we liberate ourselves from the attitude that somehow we’re the cause of it.””
Unfortunately, Gregory and his mainstream ilk will never accept that lesson. Even worse, the current occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. can’t seem to either.
Check out the interview here. Blair might be out of power, but he was firmly in control.
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