Lawrence Dushenki, Opinions Editor
Former Prime Minister Tony Blair recently penned an article for CNN.com, in which he calls on world leaders to rally together to act on Islamist extremism. This coming from the same man who walked hand in hand with George W. Bush into a misguided and unfounded 2003 invasion of Iraq. He now operates a think tank of sorts, that he repeatedly cites in his article, that continue to espouse the necessity of military intervention in a region that has never recovered from the Iraq War.
Despite the scathing remarks found in the Chilcot report, Blair seems to accept no responsibility for the current state of affairs relating to Islamist extremism. Coming from the man that committed 45,000 troops to the invasion of Iraq, when little in the way of containment or diplomatic efforts had been taken, this seems difficult to take seriously. We need not forget the fact that the entire basis of the original Iraq invasion was that the regime of Saddam Hussein was in possession of weapons of mass destruction, and that the use of them was imminent. There was never any proof of such WMD’s found, and countless lives were lost as a result.
No one would argue that Saddam was a great leader for the people of Iraq, but a unilateral invasion, the first one that British forces took part in since WWII, was surely not the answer to the problem at hand. Now we see Blair, at the head of the”Centre on Region and Geopolitics” think tank, doing his best to motivate the heads of state to continue his military interventionist approach that went so poorly some thirteen years ago.
The most striking line that Blair writes in his piece on CNN, is this:
Most people across the globe agree that this threat has not been caused by Western foreign policy; only 12 per cent of people around the world cite it as the primary cause.Left-leaning political leaders have to understand that whatever their criticisms of foreign policy, this is not the cause of the challenge