Islamism is a ‘first-order security threat’ says Tony Blair

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In a speech marking the 20th anniversary of the 11 September 2001 al-Qaida terrorist attacks on the US, Tony Blair insists the terrorist threat remains a first-order issue.

Blair – who was British prime minister at the time of the attack and supported military interventions in Iraq and Afghanistan – also said bio-terror possibilities were a real threat and ‘we would be wise now to prepare for their potential use’.

Islamism remains first-order security threat to west, says Tony Blair

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2 thoughts on “Islamism is a ‘first-order security threat’ says Tony Blair”

  1. Perhaps Tony Blair might run for a term in office..that would be interesting and perhaps the first time a previous PM would run for another term.

    • In the UK they don’t run for office, they stand. Also, it isn’t as simple as “running for PM” – the way Prime Minister is selected, is it’s the leader of the party which has a parliamentary majority, following a general election…. but even then, the Prime Minister is officially (i.e. in reality) selected by the Queen (monarch) after having been that person… so it would require Blair to:

      a) Become a Member of Parliament
      b) Become the leader of the Labour Party
      c) The Labour Party to win a majority at a General Election either while Blair is leader, or he is made leader while they are in Government

      These things achieved, convention dictates the monarch wouldn’t stand in his way. But it must be considered unlikely.


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