From the BBC:
London suicide bomber Mohammed Sidique Khan’s claim that UK foreign policy is “oppressing” Muslims was “rubbish”, Prime Minister Tony Blair has said.
Mr Blair, citing Khan’s video message broadcast after the July bombings, said grievances about UK policy in Iraq and elsewhere were “misplaced”.
Such views must be “challenged at every level”, he told a committee of MPs.
In his video, Khan criticised British foreign policy, saying he was a soldier fighting a war.
Giving evidence to the influential Commons liaison committee, Mr Blair said: “When I saw the video of one of the suicide bombers from 7 July talking about what had happened I looked at it and said ‘this is someone brought up in this country, who has all the freedoms that they have in this country, who has got a good standard of life as a result of being in this country’.
“One of the things we have got to do is challenge the notion that he can stand up and say ‘this is a country that is oppressing people of my religion’. It’s rubbish.”…
“There is a tendency for us to go into the community and say we kind of understand how you feel like you feel, but we disagree with your methods in dealing with it.
“I don’t agree that there is a sense of grievance. People may disagree with this or that aspect of foreign policy but it’s not merely that nothing justifies the act of terrorism, the actual grievance about foreign policy is misplaced.
“Whether America is right or wrong, or Britain is right or wrong in its foreign policy, it is not pursuing it because of the religion of the people concerned.”