Tony Blair "Gets It", So Many Do Not ..


By Jonathan Hoffman
January 23, 2011
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The numbers of people who are engaged in terrorism and become suicide bombers is very, very limited. But I think the global ideology that gives rise to this extremism has far deeper roots and, you know, I’m out in the Middle East a lot of the time now, and it’s the same issue everywhere. It doesn’t always come up in issues to do with terrorism or violence. It is about modernisation, it’s about attitudes to the West and it’s deep. It’s a lot deeper. And so, what happened when you got al-Qaida coming into this situation is that, it was more than just a few terrorists. It was backed with the ability to push an ideology that said, the West is fundamentally hostile to Islam, and that’s why we have to wage war against these people and we have to wage war against them and against the leaders that deal with them. Now, that ideology, in terms of how it results in violence, is very few people. That narrative about Islam and the West, I fear, has a far greater reach than we like to accept, which is why this problem is not confined to one area of the world today.
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Because this is a looming and coming challenge. I’m out in that region the whole time. I see the impact and influence of Iran everywhere. It is negative, destabilising, it is supportive of terrorist groups. It is doing everything it can to impede progress in the Middle East peace process, and to facilitate a siutation in which that region cannot embark on a process of modernisation it urgently needs. And this is not because we’ve done something. You know - and I say this to you with all the passion I possibly can - at some point the West has got to get out of this - what I think is a wretched posture of apology, for believing that we are causing what the Iranians are doing or what these extremists are doing. We’re not. The fact is, they're doing it because they disagree fundamentally with our way of life, and they’ll carry on doing it unless they are met by the requisite determination and if necessary force.

President Obama goes in March 2009 to Cairo, right in the heart of Islam. He makes a speech where he says effectively, put aside the Bush era. I’m now offering you the hand of friendship. You, Iran, can come into partnership, you’re an ancient, proud civilisation, we will welcome you in. What’s the response he gets? They carry on with the terrorism, they carry on with the destabilisation, they carry on with the nuclear weapons programme. Now at some point, we’ve got to get our head out of the sand and understand, they’re going to carry on with this, and Iraq is one part of a far bigger picture.

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Jez Waterman (not verified)

Sun, 01/23/2011 - 12:17

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If we're talking Blair, we should remember that he is by no means the only war criminal. Netanyahu is no slouch in that department. Look at the audio video, and don't forget to visit the exhibition

http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/interactive/2011/jan/21/gaza-phot...


Jonathan Hoffman

Sun, 01/23/2011 - 12:38

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Off topic. Don't feed Jew-Hating Trolls


amber

Sun, 01/23/2011 - 12:39

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waterman, going to war does not make one a war criminal. Using the term in such a loose and inaccurate way demeans it.

Furthermore, I would like to point out to any readers here that waterman is a racist, who has accused Jews of bringing antisemitism on themselves through their behaviour, and frequently likens Jews and Zionists to Nazis.

He is a despicable racist, and his presence on these blogs is unacceptable.


Jez Waterman (not verified)

Sun, 01/23/2011 - 12:58

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You are always saying things like that Amber, and you never produce any supporting evidence. I am referring to your allegation that "(Jez)has accused Jews of bringing antisemitism on themselves". Same thing about the Nazi bit. When challenged you always fail to come up with the goods
Surely you can marshall your facts correctly just one time, if only by a fluke.
Stop telling porkies, Amber, that is Mr Hoffman's job
Also you never apologise for getting it wrong. Why does that not surprise me?


Jonathan Hoffman

Sun, 01/23/2011 - 14:59

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Waterman is a despicable racist who should be banned from here


Jez Waterman (not verified)

Sun, 01/23/2011 - 18:25

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What Mr Hoffman, I am a despicable racist because I accuse you of telling porkies? Why don't you challenge me to prove it?
I expect you will get round to the banning. In Israel the ultra-right Kahanists are also working on silencing opposition.


Yoni1

Sun, 01/23/2011 - 19:19

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You are a racist because you post racist statements, you disgusting shit. Now piss off back to Stormfront.


amber

Mon, 01/24/2011 - 00:11

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waterman is a racist who should not be given the opportunity to vent his racism on the blogs of the JC.


mattpryor

Mon, 01/24/2011 - 12:05

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Thanks Jonathan, I was looking for the transcript of this part of the speech.

It's really worrying that the media completely ignored this part of his testimony. Why would they do that?

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