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- Tony Blair

Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair has described radical Islam as the greatest threat facing the world today.

He made the remark in a BBC interview marking the publication of his memoirs.

Mr Blair said radical Islamists believed that whatever was done in the name of their cause was justified - including the use of chemical, biological or nuclear weapons.

Mr Blair, who led Britain into war in Afghanistan and Iraq, denied that his own policies had fuelled radicalism.

Asked about the argument that Chechens, Kashmiris, Palestinians, Iraqis and Afghans were resisting foreign occupation, he said Western polices were designed to confront radical Islamists because they were "regressive, wicked and backward-looking".


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-11182225

Thoughts? Is he right? Can the same be applied to anything else? I can imagine bigger threats in the world than that.
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Nuclear war as a result of paranoia and self fulfilling prophecy related to Islamic nations is the world's greatest threat.
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Greatest threat to public transport but that's about it.... anyone want to show me the door?


There are greater threats in the world, but everyone has different opinions yadda yadda
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Eh, I don't know about the greatest threat, but it's definitely up there. The others I can think of are resource depletion, global warming and North Korea triggering a new world war.

In any case, I think that Tony Blair, with his years of experience in foreign affairs would know better than any of us.
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I thought swine flu was the world's greatest threat.
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#10
Western polices were designed to confront radical Islamists because they were "regressive, wicked and backward-looking".




But yeah, we know there were always extremists and terrorists. There always have been.
Surely though, invading their country didn't help?
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I think it's the sun. When your home circles a huge burning ball of fire radical islam ain't so bad XD
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"Religion is the world's greatest threat"
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I think it's the sun. When your home circles a huge burning ball of fire radical islam ain't so bad XD

Nice

I think that invading countries which contain radical Muslims without having firm evidence of there being a threat from those countries is pretty sure to make more radical Muslims.

And I want Blair to go away now.
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"Abrahamic religions are the worlds greatest threat"
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He be saying this because he ****ed up by going to war in the middle east


Mr Blair didn't exactly help anyone when it came to Radicals.
Although the same could be said for Bush and Reagen
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#18
I think Religion is general is the greatest threat.


Then of course the minor problems such as conservatives who support the pro-life euphemism and other similar regressive view points, overpopulation etc.

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#19
I may be wrong but I think that the UK being involved in Afghanistan and Iraq helped fuel radical islam. I may be more wrong, but I dont think the 7/7 attacks would have happened if the UK hadnt gone to war with the US in Afghanistan and Iraq.

I dont think radical is the biggest threat. Aggressive foriegn policies, dwindling resources and monetary greed are the biggest threats. They all lead to bad things.
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#20
He's saying that because he ****ed up the whole going to war thing. He's got to say something like that just to try and save face.

I'd say Sarah Palin becoming President of the USA is a big threat, because she's so dim, omg she's so dim. And you know, religion, nuclear war, North Korea, conflicts in the East, dwindling resources, the threat of double-dip recessions, over-aggresive spending cuts by governments...and so on.
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I agree with The Kush and TheBurningFish and say nuclear anything is the worlds greatest threat. Not these guys.
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Radicals of any religion is a problem. Accept that some people have different beliefs.

That being said, I have nothing against religion itself; I consider myself Christian.

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silly people are the greatest threat to the world.

Tony Blair seems to be one of them.
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#26
Religious fundamentalism is dangerous, Islamic or otherwise. I don't know whether it's the biggest threat to the world, but it's a pretty big threat to progress and an enlightened society as far as I can tell.
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Religious fundamentalism is dangerous, Islamic or otherwise. I don't know whether it's the biggest threat to the world, but it's a pretty big threat to progress and an enlightened society as far as I can tell.

Agreed. Christian fundamentalists have probably killed just as many people as Islamic fundamentalists. Jews? I dunno, Judaism is a pretty damn small minority.
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I agree with The Kush and TheBurningFish and say nuclear anything is the worlds greatest threat. Not these guys.

I disagree. Nuclear power is safe until a human gets involved. Wait...
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People give 'radical Islam' to much credit in concern for its danger to the world. Especially considering less than 1% of Muslims are considered "extremists" or "radicals". This "Islamaphobia" that is running rampant in America's beloved and usual ignorant, unintelligent conservative bigots is more of a propellor to radical Islam than anything else.

Bigger threats to the world are everywhere, and are obviously effecting a lot more people, such as world hunger which kills 17000 kids daily, and climate change which kills 150,000 people a year.
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#34
Islamic terrorism is the result of centuries of destructive interference from other cultures, they don't have the means or the desire to destroy the world. The world is in far more danger from the superpowers who brand these people as radicals
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#35
Not sure.

I don't think nuclear war is the greatest threat because of MAD, mutually assured destruction, unless the nation that fires first doesn't care if they get blow the **** up. That's who we have to look out for.

Iran and North Korea
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No it isn't at all. Radical Islam was only encouraged in the 20th century by the US to counter the spread of communism in the middle east (since to these fundamentalists the only thing worse than the christian west is an athiest)

This is pure scaremongering, it's all Tony is good at. Lying and manipulation.
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EDIT: and ofcourse these movements are resisting foreign occupation, that is the very ideal they rose from. Whether it was in Iran, Afghan or the Sudan. Radical islam was legitimized to the local populace as being freedom fighters against western powers
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People give 'radical Islam' to much credit in concern for its danger to the world. Especially considering less than 1% of Muslims are considered "extremists" or "radicals". This "Islamaphobia" that is running rampant in America's beloved and usual ignorant, unintelligent conservative bigots is more of a propellor to radical Islam than anything else.

Bigger threats to the world are everywhere, and are obviously effecting a lot more people, such as world hunger which kills 17000 kids daily, and climate change which kills 150,000 people a year.


How the **** does climate change kill 150 000 per year?

Better give me a source because a ****in .2 degree change in temp isn't going to kill anybody until the ice caps start melting.
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How the **** does climate change kill 150 000 per year?

Better give me a source because a ****in .2 degree change in temp isn't going to kill anybody until the ice caps start melting.


probably something to do with droughts, poor harvests caused by bad weather, floods etc
you must be pretty simple if you believe climate change ONLY causes the polar ice caps to melt.
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People give 'radical Islam' to much credit in concern for its danger to the world. Especially considering less than 1% of Muslims are considered "extremists" or "radicals". This "Islamaphobia" that is running rampant in America's beloved and usual ignorant, unintelligent conservative bigots is more of a propellor to radical Islam than anything else.

Bigger threats to the world are everywhere, and are obviously effecting a lot more people, such as world hunger which kills 17000 kids daily, and climate change which kills 150,000 people a year.


Actually the figure is reported to be closer to 300,000
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#40
The world's greatest threat is the energy crisis.

I will agree that Radicalism IN GENERAL is a much more volatile issue. This applies as much to Christianity or radical anything as it does Islam, though.

Frankly, though (and people have literally been found bloated in the East River for saying stuff like this...) our entire civilization has malignant, stage III cancer, and our chances of survival are questionable.

Let's look at the economic crisis. What's causing it? Foreclosure. Okay, that's a HUGE oversimplification, but we'll work with it.

So what causes Joe the Plumber to lose his house?

No money.

So why does Joe the Plumber have no money?

Because Sally the Housewife has no money.

Why does Sally the Housewife have no money?

Because Ted, her husband have no money...

Following the chain all the way back to the top: Where does "the money" come from in the first place?

If you guess OIL you're right! What have we won?

...that is if you again simplify the energy industry as "oil," and frankly that will work. It's like the drug cartels in Mexico. One's dealing in meth, another pot, some in heroin, cocaine, okay, whatever. Same shit, different drug.

Severed heads are showing up on the border regardless of the product.

So comparing these two industries, which is very, very easy to do, by the way:

How does a drug cartel work? It's a pyramid scheme. People bash and slash and bodies float up in rivers until some apparent "peace" is established. And what is this peace?

It's basically an agreement between the biggest, baddest drug guys to stay out of each other's turf and even work together as their common enemy is government.

And whose common enemy is government besides Mexican drug lords?

If you guessed the Tea Party you're absolutely right!!

What have we won?

And what is the Tea Party? It's the public face of a bunch of slimy, viscious, soul-less white people who have all the money.

Where did your money go?

It went to a handful of white people. And it's not meth or heroin or crack they're selling us - it's gasoline, coal and methane. AND WE'RE ALL HOOKED!!!

So back to "Radical Islam" - why is Islam the bad wolf in this scenario? Hmm... interesting question.

What tends to be the dominant religious culture in the places which happen to be sitting on the biggest stashes of oil on the planet.

Anybody? Oh... sorry, it's not Animism. Yes? Ooh, no, Paganism is way off.

Drumroll please... ISLAM!!

Hey, what a surprise. So why are Islamic radicals such a "threat," exactly? Well, if you look at the handful of white people who have all the money and have the concentration of power in most of the world who are they shaking hands with?

The Saudis.

Well, the Saudis (at least the Princes and Kings and whatever you call them) are not what you call "good Muslims." Like their white counterparts they basically lust after money and live lush and decadent lives in whirlpools being fellated by hordes of women they can legally marry and from whom blow jobs are okay according to their distorted views of the religion they supposedly follow (for appearances.)

So bottom line: "radical Islam" is a rather entertaining, but largely ineffectual response to the global corruption circuit that is killing everything and everyone, slowly strangling not only our species, but every conceivable species except those which thrive on acid and waste.

It's a cover. "Radical Islam" is a bunch of kids who have been convinced they can "make a difference" in the "revolution" by selling out and suicide bombing lunch counters in Pakistan. The US/European media loves it because it's a helluva story, and it draws attention away from the REAL STORY, which the media is not obliged to tell you...

And why is the media not obliged to tell you the real story?

Hmmm... could it be that the 5-ish media companies that exist in the world are OWNED BY THE SAME PEOPLE?!

DUN, DUN, DUUUUUUH!!!!!

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