London, UK, July 4 – Tony Blair has deflected criticism away from himself by focussing attention on the Muslim community in Britain. Appearing before the Commons liaison committee, when asked why he had not done enough to engage with the Muslim community, he said that only the community could tackle the problems of extremism. We saw this same approach last year when the Prime Minister was in denial over whether this government?s foreign policy had any role as a contributing cause of the London bombings. Then, rather than addressing the issue, he launched a series of PR initiatives to give the illusion of engaging with the Muslim community.
Dr Imran Waheed, media representative of Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain said,: "Today, Tony Blair described the grievances felt worldwide against western foreign policy as completely false. This is yet another lie that needs exposing. Prior to the recent invasions and occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq – the latter which was openly sold to Parliament and the general public on lies – and the subsequent abuses committed therein, we have seen decades of support for dictators who brutalise their populations, two previous military assaults on Iraq, as well as ten years of sanctions that harmed hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians. These are some of the real grievances that people have with western foreign policy."
"Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain agrees with the survivors and the relatives of the victims of the London bombings who are not reassured by the Home Office narrative or the report of the Intelligence and Security Committee. Serious questions remain unanswered. We also recognise that the government has persistently denied the role its foreign policy, particularly the Iraq war, has played in this problem. For these reasons a thorough and independent inquiry is imperative, and his refusal to grant this is telling."
"Despite the fact that the Muslim community has clearly expressed its condemnation of the July bombings and violence against innocent civilians wherever that may be, he still insists on putting the blame for this and future attacks on the Muslim community."
"Unlike him, we realise that it is an important duty, at a time when many are seeking to widen the divide, to communicate to the people of the West the true reality of Islam and the struggles in the Muslim world, and to enhance understanding of this very different, yet valid worldview. It is with this aim that we will continue to invite people of all opinions and faiths to an open and sincere dialogue on the most critical debate of our time."