Iran extremism like the rise of fascism in the 1930s: Blair

November 14th, 2007 - 2:35 am ICT by admin  
Delivering his first major speech since leaving office on June 26 this year, Blair told guests at a charity dinner in New York that Iran was the biggest exporter of fundamentalism and terror, and added that it would not be wrong to compare this development with the rise of fascism in the 1930s.

“Out there in the Middle East, we’ve seen… the ideology driving this extremism and terror is not exhausted. On the contrary it believes it can and will exhaust us first,” The Times quoted Blair, as saying.

“Analogies with the past are never properly accurate, and analogies especially with the rising fascism can be easily misleading but, in pure chronology, I sometimes wonder if we’re not in the 1920s or 1930s again,” he added.

“There is a tendency even now, even in some of our own circles, to believe that they are as they are because we have provoked them and if we left them alone they would leave us alone. I fear this is mistaken. They have no intention of leaving us alone,” Blair said.

Blair, who represents the Quartet of the US, Europe, Russia and the United Nations on the Middle East, was speaking at the 62nd annual Alfred E Smith Memorial Foundation dinner at the Waldorf Astoria hotel.

“America and Europe should not be divided, we should stand up together. The values we share are as vital and true and, above all, needed today as they have been at any time in the last 100 years,” he said.

Blair received three standing ovations during the evening.

Referring to the Middle East, Blair said: “The challenge is global, therefore our response must be global.”

The dinner, which raises millions of pounds for hospitals, nursing homes and charitable agencies, is held in honour of Al Smith, the former governor of New York who was the first Catholic to be nominated by a major political party to run for US president. (ANI)

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