‘Radical Islam’ still a first-order security threat, says Blair

‘Radical Islam’ still a first-order security threat, says Blair
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair. Source: PA Media
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Daily US Times: Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has said that the western countries still face the threat of 9/11-style attacks by radical Islamist groups but this time using bio-terrorism. He also insisted that the terrorist threat remained a first order issue.

Mr Blair also challenged president Joe Biden of the United States by urging democratic governments not to lose confidence in using military force to defend and export their values.

He said this in a speech to the defence thinktank Rusi marking the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the US.

Tony Blair was the prime minister of the UK at the time and supported military interventions in Afghanistan and Iraq.

He suggested “the pressure of short-term political imperatives is giving both allies and opponents of liberal open societies the belief that ‘our time is over’”.

The former British PM suggested radical Islamism could not be confronted solely by surveillance, drone strikes and special forces.

He said he found it deeply depressing to hear western opinion claim “that we are foolish in believing that western notions of liberal democracy and freedom are exportable or will ever take root except in the somewhat decadent terrain of western society.”

”Islamism, both the ideology and the violence, is a first-order security threat;” he insisted, adding that ”if unchecked, it will come to us, even if centred far from us, as 9/11 demonstrated.”

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