World Bulletin / News Desk
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has made a controversial call to the West to fight against so called 'Islamist extremism' in the Middle-East.
Speaking to Bloomberg on Wednesday, Blair said: "The important point for western opinion is that this is a struggle with two sides. So when we look at the Middle East and beyond it to Pakistan or Iran and elsewhere, it isn't just a vast unfathomable mess with no end in sight and no one worthy of our support."
"It is in fact a struggle in which our own strategic interests are intimately involved; where there are indeed people we should support and who, ironically, are probably in the majority if only that majority were mobilised, organised and helped," he added.
Tony Blair has in the past been extremely outspoken in his support for the military coup in Egypt against its first elected president Mohamed Morsi, an Islamist from the Muslim Brotherhood movement who was ousted by Field Marshal Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi on July 3, 2013.
Calling the Muslim Brotherhood a 'bad government,' his comments on Wednesday could be interpreted, therefore, as a call on the West to support secularist military regimes in the Middle-East against popular Islamic movements. "It was the absolutely necessary rescue of a nation. We should support the new government and help," Blair said, referring to the coup in Egypt.
"We have to take sides. We have to stop treating each country on the basis of whatever seems to make for the easiest life for us at any one time. We have to have an approach to the region that is coherent and sees it as a whole. And above all, we have to commit. We have to engage," he said.
Tony Blair led the UK into war against Iraq as the main US ally in the occupation. Despite using Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) as a reason to convince his government to go to war in 2003, Blair was accused of lying when no WMDs were found. The war later became about removing Saddam Hussein's Baathist regime and fighting insurgency.
After the withdrawal of US and British troops from Iraq, the new Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is being accused of being a dictator seeking to execute his political rivals in a bid to strengthen the Shiite-dominated regime's grip on the country.
Insurgency also continues to be a problem, especially in the Anbar province, with dozens being killed by bomb attacks across the country everyday.Last Mod: 23 Nisan 2014, 14:01