Tuesday, March 29 2016 18:40 EEST
Tony Blair: The threat of Islamist extremism is global
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Nowadays, the theme of Islamist extremism is topical around the world. Islamist extremism is driven by an interpretation of Islam that believes that Islamic law, or sharia, is an all-encompassing religious-political system. Since it is believed to be proscribed by Allah (Arabic for “God”) sharia must be enforced in the public sphere by a global Islamic state. According to all facts, Tony Blair published his thoughts on Facebook.

He published: "The threat of Islamist extremism is global and we need to prepare for a conflict longer than anything we have seen in modern times. Because this threat is not simply the acts of violence, but the ideology of extremism which gives rise to them. Defeating it will require big all-encompassing decisions for a generation.

It will also require us to escape from the paralysing grip of the present political discourse, in which the right is tipping into bigotry against Muslims as a whole, while the left prefers to believe Western policy caused this, despite the countries now affected covering the entire gamut of policy positions from the most interventionist to the expressly pacific. This discourse disables the alliance we need within Islam.

But the good news is: such an alliance is available today. Many Muslims are speaking out and as they do, others gain confidence and follow; because the majority of Muslims hate the way their faith has been hijacked. And never forget the majority of terrorist victims are Muslim

This new strategy must have two parts: one short-term, the other longer term. Immediately we need to: improve the intelligence cooperation across Europe; recognise that uncontrolled flows of people across Europe constitute an unacceptable security risk; eliminate ISIS with greater speed and vigour; address the conflicts and genuine political grievances which have allowed these groups to flourish; while also realising who are our allies and stand with them.

Longer term, we need: to build military capability able to confront and defeat the terrorists; for countries to accept it is part of their common responsibility to promote religious and cultural tolerance and root out prejudice from their education systems; and boost the capacity of civic society to counter extremism. Aid and development policy must also focus on institution and capacity building, while the role of women and the position of girls should have special recognition, as victims of this ideology, but hugely powerful in the fight against it.

This strategy has to be comprehensive and geared to a struggle similar to that we faced in defeating revolutionary communism or fascism. And the centre has to re-discover its muscularity. We have to provide an answer; otherwise demagogues will ride the anger. We have been there before. It is a part of our history we should not repeat."

Yes, it's a huge threat today, but we believe that all world will live in peace.

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