Tony Blair: Extremism “Warps Islam’s True Message”

Blair-islam-HEAD-smStrong words from former British Prime Minister Tony Blair about the global threat of radical Islam: In a speech in London, Blair urged the West to take stronger action to combat extremism, which he said “warps Islam’s true message”:

Tony Blair: “The threat of this radicalized Islam is not abating, it is growing, it is spreading across the world. It is destabilizing communities and even nations. It is undermining the possibility of peaceful coexistence in an era of globalization.”

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  • Shoni

    It most certainly is undermining peace and coexistence.—-from the fanatics and what they do, to the general public who have only one view of Islam–that it is a horrible religion and all Muslims are out to either convert or kill the rest of the world. So many non Muslims absolutely hate Muslims. And, hate is not too strong of a word to use here.
    Islam is a message of peace and living with your neighbor in harmony. It is a beautiful religion, and people have the idea that it is something entirely different than what Mohammed taught. I have studied the religion and its true meaning, and wish I could get people to understand what it really is.
    This is being said by a Jewish woman who has studied Islam and Christianity and their beliefs. I have no qualms about Islam–not at all.

  • Bellz Webster

    Sorry, but I feel they are controling. Their religion as such is all right, its the Sharia laws that go with it and entwines with the religion i have a problem with. In Australia they are being told its ok to kill non Muslims. Their selfish belief that only their religion matters in the world and should be world dominate is wrong.

  • Deborah

    You do not know much about Islam, do you? I’d say you just know the sensationalism the media gives to you. And they want to sell news. I am a Jew (former Christian) and I have studied Islam and what Mohammed wanted and what things have turned into. It is the radicals that give Islam a name of death or convert. But, it is not a religious issue with them-at least not with the ones who give the orders. It is strictly political and for power. The ones who usually do their bidding are uneducated, poor and have latched onto something they feel will bring them a better life. Only a small percentage are in this radical group (have heard 10%). But they are the ones we hear about.
    Peace loving Muslims are often afraid of repercussions if they stand against them. Also, because of Arab culture (ions long before Islam) of ”you must stand by your clan, your tribe, and your family (strict code of patriarch family rule”), it is very hard for them to go against the family. You’d need to understand this tribal mindset to understand the normal Arab mind. After thousands of years of it, it will not change overnight. And, remember, this system dates back many years before Mohammed and Islam. And I will admit, the Muslims who do not want this fanatical rule must learn to stand against it, too.

  • Debroah

    Shoni–I, too, am a Jew, and I just wrote the very same thing that you did, using different words. This, before I wrote what you have to say. I agree with you completely.

  • Deborah

    I meant before I read what you wrote.

  • Bellz Webster

    I could say many things about this religion, some good and some bad. I have listened to talks by many of these people and their idea IS to take over world denomination. You only have to look at whats happen in Syria. How can only small groups of radicals kill, rape and kidnap so many of the other denominations? There have been thousands. Many Muslims deliberately have had several children ‘to keep the numbers up for Allah’ so they can be in charge. And I know this from reading tweets and blogs and its a world wide idea that is being pushed. I have seen horendous real life videos of beheadings by Muslims in the name of Allaha. Mutilated christian children, rapes and burned females. These vids we smuggled out. 10% you say. Thats an awful of people. It only takes for a few radicals to get into power in any country and it can be turned upside down. I am Christian and I believe God will one day return to denounce these radical people with death. It is written. Everything the Bible says about the ‘end of days’ is happening now. This is how I see it. Sorry, it is not my intention to offend anyone but i know what i have witnessed.

  • Jennifer

    You have seen what the media wants you to see ——— those radicals who are horrible people. But, Islam and Muslims are not horrible people, on the whole.
    Then, also, I do not believe in your ”end of days” prophecy.

  • Bellz Webster

    Everything that is written in the Bible regarding the ‘last days’ has happened so far. If you don’t read the Bible or aren’t a Christian you would not know. I agree not all Muslims are bad people, but they are all bound by their Koran and must obey it, whether it is barbaric or not. They cannot speak out against it even if they don’t agree. How many Muslims have you heard speak up and say they don’t agree. I have heard 4. Mala who was 15 and then attacked by the Taliban; a female writer who is gay and was promptly denounced by other Muslims as a blasphemis women, and a man who was sitting in the darkness on a tv show because he feared for his life and his family’s for speaking out. And then there is a reformed rebel x terrorist Muslim turned Christian who runs his own website.
    I know you are unlikely interested but you can read about the last days in 2 Timothy3 1-5 But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness,
    but denying its power. Avoid such people. (sound familiar)
    By the way, God doesn’t care what religion you are, he just wants people to live by his ten conmandmants and treat him with respect for all he has given.