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Former British prime minister Tony Blair. (Photo credit: Patrick McMullan)
Former British prime minister Tony Blair wrote Sunday in the UK’s Daily Mail about what he said was “a problem within Islam” that must be faced in the aftermath of the slaying of British soldier Lee Rigby by men reportedly claimed to be avenging the deaths of Muslims.
Blair, who has launched a religious activist organization called the Tony Blair Faith Foundation in the years since he left office, dismissed the argument that religiously-motivated terrorists attacks are the work of a fringe few. He instead pointed to a “exclusivist and reactionary world view” that he detailed as found throughout the Muslim world.
Pointing to Syria, Jordan, Egypt, Iran, Nigeria, Mali, Pakistan and a number of other countries, Blair wrote:
Instead, the former prime minister called for resources to be allocated to make religion more modern, with an awareness and open-mindedness about other faiths.
Blair’s pointedness about the relationship between Islam and terror mirrors remarks made by President Obama at the National Defense University in May.