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Blair: Extremism is becoming the majority view in Islam

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2 years ago by Selena Roberts in Politics > International

The bulk of this is a quote from today's Guardian article. I thought Tony Blair's speech was thought provoking and warrants a thorough debate.

Speaking at the 9/11 Memorial Museum in New York City, Blair said that while the numbers who engage in violence through groups like Islamic State are relatively small, many of their views are widely shared.

"The conspiracy theories which illuminate much of the jihadi writings have significant support even amongst parts of the mainstream population of some Muslim countries," he said.

"There are millions of school children every day in countries round the world - not just in the Middle East - who are taught a view of the world and of their religion which is narrow-minded, prejudicial and therefore in the context of a globalised world, dangerous."

Mr Blair acknowledged that attacking ideas which resonate in parts of mainstream Muslim society could appear to be an attack on Muslims rather than just extremists, but he said such concerns have to be overcome.

"If large numbers of people really do believe that the desire of the USA or the West is to disrespect or oppress Islam, then it is not surprising that some find recourse to violence acceptable in order to re-assert the 'dignity' of the oppressed," he said.

"If young people are educated that Jews are evil or that anyone who holds a different view of religion is an enemy, it is obvious that this prejudice will give rise, in certain circumstances, to action in accordance with it.

"The reality is that in parts of the Muslim community a discourse has grown up which is profoundly hostile to peaceful co-existence. Countering this is an essential part of fighting extremism."

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Iam LmnOP

Very well thought out, and not over stating things. I don't know enough about it to be honest to cast a vote but I'll go with yes.

2 years ago by Iam LmnOP

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Debbie Anderson

I read what Richard Dawkins said the other day. aNd this is a slightly different subject, but its related. But people feel they cant speak out anout anything to do with Islam because that is supposed to be discrimination or racist. And it has nothing at all to do with that you know. To my mind it all has to do witn freedom of choice and human rights. Anything that comes against that whether its poltics or a religion or corporate, is wrong.  

2 years ago by Debbie Anderson

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Debbie Anderson

I think it's very true, just very true. Most of the Muslims are suni, and people feel a certain pride, they stand with groups like Isis. Let's say they have mixed feelings about it but the mix of the feelings keeps them from saying anything critical and causes them to keep their heads down about it. I read that over 80% of the Muslims in the world are Suni. How can you solve a situation like this? this is the conflict of the century. Everybody was saying Brave New Age when the new millennium came around. Advance and progress. We never ever thought that things would take a turn like this so quickly, but I suppose many people did, that had their finger on the pulse.

2 years ago by Debbie Anderson

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Mongoose

Very telling that this was in New York, America is about the only place in the world where Tony Blair can still stage a media event, they still listen to him over there.

2 years ago by Mongoose

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Rahul  N.

I agree that Blair has lost the moral right to speak about stuff like this. At the same time the arguments should be considered on their own merit as the subject matter is important for all of us.

2 years ago by Rahul N.

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voice-of-reason

I don't like the label extremism. Polarisation or Dogmatism would be a better term. I think it's always been like that really only now there are violent factions that were not there before. It would be interesting to have some Muslims weighing in on this. Has Islamic teaching changed in the last 20 years?

2 years ago by voice-of-reason

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Frisbee

I dont think so i have many muslim friends and they all hate Isis giving there religion a bad name. People are not stupid.

2 years ago by Frisbee

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Norman

Blair the right to shut it. He promised Bush a war in 2002 before anyone could even weigh in. He has lost the right to talk whatsoever.

2 years ago by Norman

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bryanevans

He's right, Blair is not perfect but right. If people want to be simplistic they can be. You made a mistake so you can't talk is a nursery teacher approach to international politics.

2 years ago by bryanevans

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BVNJ

He never speaks to a muslim but he knows what everybody is thinking.

1 year ago by BVNJ

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