Blair is in like-minded company with the EDL in using the cheap tactic of playing good Muslim v bad Muslim
Self-proclaimed sage in the fight against political Islam, Tony Blair, opportunistically exploited the killing of soldier Lee Rigby to recycle his often repeated claptrap about the problem within Islam.
Writing in a Sunday newspaper, the discredited ex-British prime minster said that he was not attacking Islam, “But there is a problem within Islam – from the adherents of an ideology that is a strain within Islam. And we have to put it on the table and be honest about it.”
Blair’s narrative is in line with his hapless global mission to secularise Islam. “It [problem within Islam] has at its heart a view about religion and about the interaction between religion and politics that is not compatible with pluralistic, liberal, open-minded societies,” he said.
But true to form the New Labour party leader, who institutionalised spin in British politics, attempted to associate political Islam with violence. Conflict in the Middle East is helping radical groups get a foothold, Blair said, and the “seeds of future fanaticism and terror… are being sown”.
It is truly rich for Blair, who should be tried for war crimes, to accuse Islam of violence when he led Britain to war against Iraq under false claims of weapons of mass destruction, shortly after the western led invasion and occupation of Afghanistan.
The real problem therefore is western violence: violence perpetrated by states like Britain using full military force. This is the violence that has destroyed entire nations and ruined the lives of whole populations; and in comparison to which any violence committed by individuals is scarcely equivalent.
Given the clear and present reality of western violence and its magnitude the “sacred” texts and ideals of secular liberalism, not of Islam, should be placed under examination to ascertain what makes the west so violent. What pushes states to such depravity that they kill half a million children in Iraq through sanctions and deem it a worthy price? Or kill hundreds of innocent children in Yemen and Pakistan with the guiltless surgery of drone strikes? Or support dictators who make life hell on earth for millions in return for personal material gain? The democratic, secular constitutions of western states driven by material gain should be put under the telescope of inquiry, not the Qur’an.
Blair is in like-minded company with the likes of the English Defence League and the British National party when he uses the cheap tactic of playing good Muslim v bad Muslim as a means of dividing the community into “extremists” and “moderates”.
Blair’s intervention as with the surge in EDL demonstrations, following the incident in Woolwich, should be seen for what they are: aimed at stoking anger in the community and providing the far from impartial mainstream media with hate-filled material to demonise Islam and Muslims.
Our advice to the community is to reject this discourse, expose its fallacies and continue to account oppressive foreign and domestic policies, which are the root of the problem – they create the original grievances and alienate the youth which is at issue here.