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9.29.2004

Tony Blair: No Greater Friend to America

In speech to a conference of his Labor Party the other day, Tony Blair defended his decisions to go to war, and did not back down from his critics, regardless of what the media may tell you. Below is an excerpt from the speech:
There are two views of what is happening in the world today.

One view is that there are isolated individuals, extremists, engaged in essentially isolated acts of terrorism. That what is happening is not qualitatively different from the terrorism we have always lived with. If you believe this, we carry on the same path as before 11th September. We try not to provoke them and hope in time they will wither.

The other view is that this is a wholly new phenomenon, worldwide global terrorism based on a perversion of the true, peaceful and honourable faith of Islam; that's its roots are not superficial but deep, in the madrassehs of Pakistan, in the extreme forms of Wahabi doctrine in Saudi Arabia, in the former training camps of Al Qaeda in Afghanistan; in the cauldron of Chechnya; in parts of the politics of most countries of the Middle East and many in Asia; in the extremist minority that now in every European city preach hatred of the West and our way of life.

If you take this view, you believe September 11th changed the world; that Bali, Beslan, Madrid and scores of other atrocities that never make the news are part of the same threat and the only path to take is to confront this terrorism, remove it root and branch and at all costs stop them acquiring the weapons to kill on a massive scale because these terrorists would not hesitate to use them.

Likewise take the first view, then when you see the terror brought to Iraq you say: there, we told you; look what you have stirred up; now stop provoking them.

But if you take the second view, you don't believe the terrorists are in Iraq to liberate it.

They're not protesting about the rights of women - what, the same people who stopped Afghan girls going to school, made women wear the Burka and beat them in the streets of Kabul, who now assassinate women just for daring to register to vote in Afghanistan's first ever democratic ballot, though four million have done so?

They are not provoked by our actions; but by our existence.

Tony Blair
Speech to the British Labor Party
Brighton, England
9/28/2004


After reading that I ask you, can there be any more positive proof that the Prime Minister understands the situation the same way our Presidents does? The United Kingdom, along with Australia, has been our staunchest ally, and has always stood with us.

If John Kerry is elected, and he runs away from the fight like he thinks we should, we would have the unfortunate distinction of letting our closest allies down. If it occurs, it will be a sad day indeed.

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