Already last year, Tony Blair stated explicitly that we are engaged in a cultural war with radical Islam

[Video embed problem corrected. I’m having lots of problems with my computer (I’ll be getting a new one soon), but am at a loss to know how I managed to embed the wrong video, as I had the correct video on my screen when I got the link for the video embed.]

Videos such as this remind me why, despite parting ways with his politics, I always liked Tony Blair.  He is what Obama is not:  a fundamentally intelligent person and one who can speak clearly and to the point without prompts, because he knows his subject matter.

In this video, which dates back to January 2011, don’t let the first minute or so of Blair’s fumphering around fool you.  As Blair picks up steam, he gets to the point, and does so without hesitation or apology. Radical Islam is at war with us and when we apologize for ourselves — for our culture and beliefs — we lose:

Blair’s pretty prescient, isn’t he, speaking of the West’s culture of apology? It’s almost as if he had foreknowledge of Hillary and Barry’s craven response to the full frontal attack Al Qaeda and pals launched against U.S. sovereignty on September 11, 2012.

Hat tip: Wolf Howling, who has more on the subject, and you should certainly read what he has to say.

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  • Earl

    I do like his directness, BW….but it’s going to be a cold day in h**l before I forgive that man for what he did to Britain!
    I know it’s a requirement for Christians….but in many ways what he fomented is just unforgiveable.

  • Mike Devx

    I listened to the audio – no video – and it all seemed rather vague to me in its discussion of groups, which he and the interviewer call “societies”, speaking on British University campuses.  I didn’t hear any ringing, fundamental defense of Western values.  I didn’t hear a word about a “culture of apology”; especially I didn’t hear a word about how a “culture of apology” is bad.  Book, are you sure you gave us the correct link?

    • Bookworm

      Mike: You’re right. It was the wrong video. I fixed it, although I’m still wondering how the wrong link crept in there. Computers can be mysterious things.


    Less vague, more clarity – this should do it.

    “How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. Improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live. A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement; the next of its dignity and sanctity. The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property – either as a child, a wife, or a concubine – must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men.”
    “Individual Moslems may show splendid qualities. Thousands become the brave and loyal soldiers of the Queen: all know how to die. But the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytising faith. It has already spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at every step; and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science – the science against which it had vainly struggled – the civilisation of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilisation of ancient Rome.”
    (Winston Churchill / 1874-1865)     

  • Ron19

    “and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science – the science against which it had vainly struggled – the civilization of modern Europe might fall”

    Winston Churchill is one of my favorite leaders and writers.  However, twice in a few days, the above quote has appeared here.  I have no doubt that Sadie has quoted him correctly; it is the substance of the quote that Winnie, a strong Anglican and anti-Papist, got wrong.
    It was science that was wrapped in the strong arms of the Church in Europe.  The Greeks, Romans, Chinese, Incas, etc., all had start-up science cultures that basically failed, because they didn’t get very far.  We’ve all heard of anecdotes from various ancient cultures that left little but anecdotes behind them, and a tale of Westerners who publicised and spread the knowledge. 

    In other cases, such as Galileo, the church did know what he was talking about, both scientifically and theologically, because the Catholic Church and it’s priests, monks, and lay people had long sponsored and practiced scientific endeavors and education.  

    The “Enlightenment” tried to rip science from the Church and God, and although since then science has made great strides, it would have made most if not more of the progress anyway by keeping science and God working hand-in-hand as partners in reason and knowledge.  And so now we have the touchy-feely science that can explain how, but not why, and simultaneously gives us both sides of the climate change debate.

  • Mike Devx

    Thank you for fixing the link, Book.  Tony Blair was very clear and uncompromising in his defense of Western values, in his disgust for the culture of apology.

    What the far-left liberal wing has done to liberalism, in adopting Islam as an ally, is unforgivable and a travesty.  Liberals used to defend any number of natural human rights – and they used to be rather consistent.  The fundamentalist Islam with which they have made alliance is hostile to these natural human rights, so what has the liberal left done?  They’ve abandoned their defense of natural human rights in favor of cultural relativism.

    In the past – unfortunately not the recent past either – the Left would not have stayed so silent when American police authority took a man in for federal questioning after he made a video.  The Left would have been up in arms, and rightfully so.  These days, all you hear from them is silence, because one mustn’t upset one’s allies in defense of moral values!  Women are forced to wear the burqha – not by choice mind you, but by force – and the Left remains silent.

    One could go on and on concerning fundamentalist Islam’s war against women.  Now there you have a REAL war against women!  A woman flees a burning house with her infant, and she is beaten by the religious authorities because she is immodestly clothed, seconds after barely escaping the conflagration.  They would prefer, I suppose, that she remain inside the house to burn alive with her infant, because she hasn’t a proper THING to wear for the occasion.

    And the Left is silent.