Tony Blair sees hope within the Muslim world in fight against fanaticism

He argued that the fanatical forces behind the lethal attacks in 2001 were a continuation of a historic trend among violent factions that have politicized Islam.

“The ideology is an ideology based on religious conviction. It’s extensive in the sense that it has a global footprint. It’s in many different parts of the world. It’s grown over a long period of time, and in its most radical form, it espouses this violent jihadhism which justifies the killing of people, Muslims who don’t agree with them, those of us who live under different systems.”

But he made it clear that it was not the religion itself that was at fault. And Blair also said he saw hope in challenges to militant Islamists within the Muslim world.

“The vast majority of those Muslims who have lost their life have been killed by other Muslims,“ he said, “and this is part of the tragedy. Now as I always say to people there is some good news in all of this, because there is a real fight back within the Muslim world.“

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