Blair launches stinging attack on absurd British Islamists | Politics | The Observer
"The idea that as a Muslim in this country that you dont have the freedom to express your religion or your views, I mean you've got far more freedom in this country than you do in most Muslim countries", Blair told Observer columnist Will Hutton, who presents the documentary. "The reason we are finding it hard to win this battle is that we're not actually fighting it properly. We're not actually standing up to these people and saying, "Its not just your methods that are wrong, your ideas are absurd. Nobody is oppressing you. Your sense of grievance isn't justified." Blair held out the example of the overthrow of the Taliban in Afghanistan - criticised by Islamists as an example of the heavy-handed imperial West oppressing Muslims - to highlight unfounded claims of grievance. He asked how it is possible to claim that Afghanistans Muslims are being oppressed when the Taliban used to execute teachers for teaching girls in schools. Blair added: "How are we oppressing them? You're oppressing them when you support the people who are trying to blow them up".