He has reappeared to demand a ground war against the organisation This Blog describes as Daesh.
Clearly the UK isn’t upsetting enough Syrian and Iraqi civilians, so they aren’t being radicalised against this country fast enough for Mr Blair’s liking.
If you don’t understand what I mean, cast your mind back to the International Cycle of Hate (or Stupidity, depending on your worldview), mentioned on This Blog last November.
Here it is:Like David Cameron last year, Tony Blair wants to step up attacks on Middle Eastern targets. In a ground war, this is more likely to mean civilian deaths.
The next step is for the survivors to start hating the West, and for some of them to be radicalised and become the next generation of extremists.
Then we sell arms to them.
Tony Blair knows this.
So, either he wants UK arms manufacturers to make another fortune selling, to extremists, arms and ammunition that will be used against the UK, or he just wants to kill people from the Middle East.
The threat of Daesh won’t be solved by military might because it will simply evolve into something else.
Let’s hope this is Blair’s last hurrah before the Chilcot report is published, and that his word will be less influential afterwards.
Tony Blair has called for a “proper ground war” against so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
The former British prime minister said it was not possible to defeat the group through air strikes alone.
He said it had to be tackled before [the group] could make further inroads in Libya.
He said “proper ground war” was needed to defeat the group, which could include British troops in a support role.
“There is no way of defeating these people without defeating them on the ground. Air strikes are not going to defeat Isis, they have got to be tackled on the ground,” he said.
That did not necessarily mean British troops doing the fighting, argued Mr Blair, who suggested “our forces could be in support”.
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