Blair with Portugal’s Prime Minister Jose Manuel Durao Barraso
Tony Blair is not giving up to the European dhimmis without a fight. I don’t go along with everything he says in this speech, but his heart is in the right place. From the BBC, with thanks to Peter:
September 11th was not in retaliation for an attack by the US on al-Qaeda. But an entirely unprovoked attack by al-Qaeda on the US.
Of course they demand we withdraw from Iraq. But their demands do not stop there.
They also demand we withdraw from Afghanistan.
They demand we withdraw from all places in the Middle East, even when there with the consent of the country.
They demand the elimination of Israel.
They even have demanded the reintroduction of a caliphate on the Iberian Peninsula.
And they demand in any Muslim country anywhere, a Taliban state, where human rights are curtailed, freedom reduced to religious slavery, women sent back to the dark ages.
Recall the words they used just a few weeks ago in a statement celebrating their terrorism: “You love life, we love death”.
I came to Spain yesterday from Northern Ireland, where we have worked so hard, for so long, to bring a durable peace in place of terrorism.
I believe in trying to negotiate where negotiation can achieve peace on honourable terms.
But al-Qaeda and the religious fanaticism that unites them and similar groups, have no demands we can negotiate upon, honourably or otherwise.
We either defeat them or live under their shadow of fear. . . .
It can show our dedication to defeating terrorism not only by pursuing terrorists but by remedying injustice, showing by our actions that we are also dedicated to eliminating the causes upon which the terrorists prey; doing all we can to prevent a new generation of terrorists arising, based on this perversion of the true and peaceful faith of Islam.
Uh, Tony, you might find this illuminating.
At this time, with the tears and tragedy of Madrid in our minds, let us unite, put aside our differences, refuse to be divided by terrorism and express our strength and confidence in our own way of life which we will defend to the end.