Saturday, July 29, 2006

"It's wrong in every single wretched reactionary thing about it"

Once again, Prime Minister Tony Blair did a better job of explaining the U.S. position than President George W. Bush did. Bush seems so concerned with not describing the War on Terror as a politically incorrect fight against militant Islam that he fails to communicate that the war most certainly is a clash of civilizations that pits pluralistic modernity against theocratic medievalism.

At yesterday's dual press conference at the White House, NBC correspondent David Gregory asked a long-winded question about whether the laundry list of current troubles in the Middle East reflected a loss of U.S. influence in the region.

Blair's response focused on the tenacity and methods of the enemy:

"[I]t's a global movement, it's a global ideology. And if there's any mistake that's ever made in these circumstances, it's if people are surprised that it's tough to fight, because you're up against an ideology that's prepared to use any means at all, including killing any number of wholly innocent people.

"And I don't dispute part of the implication of your question at all, in the sense that you look at what is happening in the Middle East and what is happening in Iraq and Lebanon and Palestine, and, of course, there's a sense of shock and frustration and anger at what is happening, and grief at the loss of innocent lives. But it is not a reason for walking away. It's a reason for staying the course, and staying it no matter how tough it is, because the alternative is actually letting this ideology grip a larger and larger number of people.

"And it is going to be difficult. Look, we've got a problem even in our own Muslim communities in Europe, who will half-buy into some of the propaganda that's pushed at it -- the purpose of America is to suppress Islam, Britain has joined with America in the suppression of Islam. And one of the things we've got to stop doing is stop apologizing for our own positions. Muslims in America, as far as I'm aware of, are free to worship; Muslims in Britain are free to worship. We are plural societies.

"It's nonsense, the propaganda is nonsense. And we're not going to defeat this ideology until we in the West go out with sufficient confidence in our own position and say, this is wrong. It's not just wrong in its methods, it's wrong in its ideas, it's wrong in its ideology, it's wrong in every single wretched reactionary thing about it."


Official Transcript, White House Press Conference, July 28, 2006 (http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2006/07/20060728-1.html)

3 Comments:

Anonymous zinn said...

"....you're up against an ideology that's prepared to use any means at all, including killing any number of wholly innocent people."

he means them, right?

1:17 AM  
Blogger Dave Williams said...

Snappy comment. Stick you head in the sand a bit further why don't you...
Again, Blair demonstrates his grasp of the English language...

4:11 PM  
Anonymous zinn said...

Speaking English is huge.

Not sand-sticking; just protesting the fiction that war is noble. "But he didn't say that," you reply. But, of course, he did.

7:46 AM  

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