Tony Blair on Defence of the United Kingdom and its Interests.
Rt Hon Tony Blair, the former British Prime Minister Minister, gave a speech to RUSI members onboard HMS Albion, Devonport on 12 January 2007.
In his lecture, the Prime Minister spoke on Defence Perspectives - defending the United Kingdom and its interests - addressing the need for both 'hard' and 'soft' power and a 'versatile' armed forces to meet the current challenges and commitments post-9/11.
Talking in more detail about hard and soft power Mr Blair told RUSI members that it was important that 'military might' and 'humanitarian operations' went hand in hand especially in both Afghanistan and Iraq- RUSI
Rt Hon Tony Blair
Anthony Charles Lynton Blair is the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom serving from 2 May 1997 to 27 June 2007, Leader of the Labour Party from 1994 to 2007 and Member of Parliament for Sedgefield from 1983 to 2007.
On the day he stood down as Prime Minister, he was appointed official Envoy of the Quartet on the Middle East on behalf of the United Nations, the European Union, the United States and Russia, and stepped down as an MP and became Steward of Her Majesty's Three Chiltern Hundreds of Stoke, Desborough and Burnham in the county of Buckingham.
Tony Blair was elected Leader of the Labour Party in July 1994 following the sudden death of his predecessor, John Smith. Under Blair's leadership the party abandoned many policies that it had held for decades.
Labour won a landslide victory in the 1997 general election, which ended 18 years of rule by the Conservative Party with the heaviest Conservative defeat since 1832.
Blair is the Labour Party's longest-serving Prime Minister and the only person to have led the Labour Party to three consecutive general election victories.
Gordon Brown, Blair's Chancellor of the Exchequer during his ten years in office, succeeded him as Leader of the Labour Party on 24 June 2007 and as Prime Minister on 27 June 2007.
Anybody holding the views that Tony Blair puts forward in his speech here, when he was prime minister, was called racist and bigoted. He is a hypocrite and does not deserve any respect. His diehard cronies are still running England as little dictatorship. However now that Blair has gone the term 'racist' is hurled around much less. Hopefully this will enable more open, honest debate, and a chance to face the threat of islamic extremism.
Mr Blair tells us that terrorists are guided by misreading of Quran. That is only partly true. Quran does imply openly and covertly all sort of violence against people of other faiths. This, perhaps, is the reason why there are many sympathisers for a few terrorists. And those sympathisers then become potential recruits. There is a need to use soft power by ensuring that main stream mullahs are not preaching violence that is a part of Quaran. No one in Islam of any stature is coming forward and saying that the part of Quaran that talks about violence does not apply any more. All they say is that it is being taken out of context or misinterpreted. Rally?