According to Prospect magazine, Tony Blair had a conversation with Prospect’s Editor Bronwen Maddox at our 'Britain in the world' event in Westminster’s Central Hall. He told that the lessons from the Iraq War are 'not complicated' and that ISIS must be taken 'on the ground.'
They discussed the situation about refugees in Europe and the probability of Brexit. Tony Blair stressed that 'EU needs Britain's leadership.'
In this case, former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair shared on Facebook:
'In fighting extremism, the West has got to itself out of a mind-set that says “right, we’re now going to solve this problem.” This is a generational struggle. We should get into the rhythm of thinking more like the Cold War. This went on for many decades and through different periods, but if you said to somebody in the 1980s that you were fed up with this struggle and that you are going to give up, people would have said: you can’t, this is a struggle for our values, and I’m afraid we’re just in it. We’ve got to get into that rhythm of thinking with extremism. We have an interest in the outcome and, whether we like it or not, we’re going to have to get engaged.
The only question is then: what is the nature of that engagement? The big opportunity we have today – that wasn’t available when I was Prime Minister – is that across the whole of the Middle East and in the Muslim world there are allies. There are people who feel really angry and determined about the capture of their religion by extremists. There are people who want to show and prove that Islam and democracy can co-exist. These are the people we have to work with today. But they need to know we’re with them.
Thank you to Prospect Magazine and my Centre on Religion & Geopolitics for hosting a conversation on Britain's place in the world, and highlighting the importance of clear global understanding in promoting pluralist and tolerant societies.'
Islamic extremism has been defined as any form of Islam that opposes 'democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs.' Related terms include the ideology of Islamism, 'radical Islam' and 'Islamic supremacy.'
Some of the proponents of Islam emphasise peaceful political processes, whereas Sayyid Qutb in particular called for violence, and those followers are generally considered Islamic extremists and their stated goal is Islamic revolution with the intent to force implementation of Sharia law or an Islamic State Caliphate.
There are over 120 such groups active today.