Saturday, October 20, 2007

Blair's war of words

In a speech last night Britain's ex-prime minister launched an attack on Iran that should cause all of us to shudder.

By Inayat Bunglawala
(Assistant Secretary-General at the Muslim Council of Britain)
The Guardian

"Back in 2002/2003, the Murdoch press lauded Tony Blair for utilising his public speaking skills to press the case for war against Iraq in a far more effective manner than President Bush could ever hope to do.

So, sitting in the audience last night at a fundraiser in New York, Rupert Murdoch must have been pleased when Blair volunteered his services once more, pressing the case for action again, this time against Iran. Iran was sponsoring an evil extremist ideology that needed to be confronted, Blair said:

"Analogies especially with the rise of fascism can be misleading but, in pure chronology, I sometimes wonder if we're not in the 1920s, if not the 1930s, I fear ... This ideology now has a state - Iran that is prepared to back and finance terror in the pursuit of destabilising countries whose people wish to live in peace ... When terror opposes that which is right, we must commit to defeating it not with half a heart but whole-heartedly."

As David Cox suggests in an article on Cif, Blair's speech, which comes hot on the heels of another bellicose warning to the Iranians from the US president, should really cause all of us to shudder......."

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