Tony Blair slams “many millions” of Muslims who do not want to co-exist and predicts a massive terror attack

The former PM says millions of Muslims views “incompatible” with the world

Tony Blair

Tony Blair at the World Economic Forum in Davos, 2009. Pic: Andy Mettler

“Many millions” of Muslims views are “fundamentally incompatible with the modern world”, according to Tony Blair.

Writing in the Sunday Times, the former prime minister said the Islamic faith had been perverted by Islamist ideology and the “millions” of people who had these views did not want to coexist with those that didn’t.

He wrote: “The reality is that the adherents of this view of Islam are numbered in many millions, have, in some countries, elements of official support, and are systematically teaching it to millions of young people across the world … This ideology is not interested in coexistence. It does not seek dialogue but dominance. It cannot therefore be contained. It has to be defeated.”

Blair criticised the approaches of both the right and left, slamming the bigotry of the right and the tendency for the left to blame the West for the emergence of ISIS.

“[Isis] does not seek dialogue but dominance. It cannot therefore be contained. It has to be defeated,” he said.

“We must build military capability able to confront and defeat the terrorists wherever they try to hold territory. This is not just about local forces. It is a challenge for the west. Ground forces are necessary to win this fight and ours are the most capable.”

He said it was “extraordinary” that Europe had allowed ISIS to grow so close to home.

“This ‘caliphate’ is itself a source of recruitment. We can use local allies in the fight, but they need equipment and where they need active, on-the-ground, military support from us, we should give it. The Americans are doing this now – at least to a degree and with effect. But to have allowed Isis to become the largest militia in Libya right on Europe’s doorstep is extraordinary. It has to be crushed.”

He predicted a big terror attack was on its way.

“We will have periodic but increasingly frequent acts of terrorism that will result in many more victims and start to destabilise our political and social cohesion. Eventually the terrorists will commit an act of such size and horror that we will change our posture; but by then the battle will be much harder to win without measures that contradict our basic value system.”

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