Azara Blog: Blair talks tough on terrorism

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Date published: 2005/07/26

The BBC says:

Tony Blair has vowed not to "give an inch to terrorism" and said Iraq was no excuse for the London bombings.

He acknowledged Iraq was being used to recruit terrorists, but insisted the roots of extremism were much deeper.

He said 11 September 2001 was a wake up call for the international community, but argued some people "then turned over and went back to sleep again".

The prime minister was speaking to reporters after talks about new terror laws with Tory and Lib Dem leaders.

He said: "Let us expose the obscenity of these people saying it is concern for Iraq that drives them to terrorism. If it is concern for Iraq then why are they driving a car bomb into the middle of a group of children and killing them?"

"We are not going to deal with this problem, with the roots as deep as they are, until we confront these people at every single level - and not just their methods but their ideas," he added.

"11 September for me was a wake up call. Do you know what I think the problem is? That a lot of the world woke up for a short time and then turned over and went back to sleep again."

No, the problem is that Blair is still deluded about his illegal war in Iraq. And he might not consider the war in Iraq to be a "justification" for terrorism, but the suicide bombers might well believe otherwise. It does not have to be a "concern for Iraq" which drives them, only hatred for a technologically superior West which has invaded an Islamic country. As usual Blair is trying to divert attention from the real issues.

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