Our former Prime Minister has called for the west to wage war on "militant Islam."
He called for a battle to be waged against militant Islam similar to that fought against revolutionary communism.
Funny that - I seem to recall that when the battle against "revolutionary communism" was being fought, our Tone supported the other side. Personally, I'm not opposed to a similar war being waged against militant Islam only, I'd question whether the tactics currently being adopted - appeasement, cultural cringing, apologetic deference, submission - might not be the right way to go about it.
After all, the war against communism only started to be won when we stopped trying to get along with the vast majority of peace loving commies and hardened our stance to the "evil empire" - not just with words and rhetoric, but in actions and policy too.
Mr Blair said that the doctrinal roots of extremism could be traced back to the period in the late 19th and early 20th century where modernising and moderate clerics and thinkers were slowly but surely pushed aside by the hard-line dogma of those, whose cultural and theological credentials were often dubious, but whose appeal lay in the simplicity of the message that Islam had lost its way and departed from the "true faith".
Yeah right. Whatever else Blair is, he is not an historian. The roots of extremist Islam go a bit further back than that - back to the origins of the doctrine as laid down by its founder - but when you read the next bit you can understand why our ex-leader is a tad confused.
"The tragedy of this is that the authentic basis of Islam, as laid down in the Koran, is progressive, humanitarian, sees knowledge and scientific advance as a duty, which is why for centuries Islam was the fount of so much invention and innovation. Fundamental Islam is actually the opposite of what the extremists preach," he said.
Ha! Islam is progressive! That made me chuckle - I suppose in a way he is right as progressivism is also about total control of every aspect of the lives of people by a small self-declared ruling elite. It's also worth noting that Arabia was indeed the fount of so much invention and innovation - the decline of which began with the coming of Islam.
The thing that really annoys me about Blair's battle cry is that it was during his watch when thousands of the enemies foot soldiers flooded into our lands. I know the common claim is that most Moslems aren't violent extremists - something I'm still not convinced about, personally - but even if you believe that, how can you tell who is and who isn't just by looking at them?
"This battle cannot so easily be won. Because it is based on an ideology and because its roots are deep, so our strategy for victory has to be broader, more comprehensive but also more sharply defined."
The roots are deep indeed - about 1300 years deep - and thanks to you and your stupid immigration policies they now reach into every corner of British society.
"In the use of hard power, we have to understand one very simple thing: where we are called upon to fight, we have to do it. If we are defeated anywhere, we are at risk of being defeated everywhere."
Perhaps we ought to look at defeating it in our own backyard first? The war won't be won by fighting various skirmishes in far off lands while we continue to allow hundreds of thousands of potential enemy combatants to flood into our country, build their mosques and madrassas and spread the orders of their leaders through our towns and cities. I agree that that we have to fight where ever we are called to do it, but I'd rather that wasn't in Burnley or Leicester - which is certain to happen unless we do something to stop it now.
Blair and his cohorts have allowed the situation to develop where we are in an ideological war and thanks to policies he and his cronies have implemented, the people we are at war against have a vast army of soldiers living among us - indeed, across the whole of Europe.
Why did he do nothing while he was in power? He's got a bloody nerve to start banging on about it now!