The Enlightenment, the Age of Reason, the process of secularisation, and somebody, or a lot of people, somewhere, or indeed in many places, just stopped the catholic church from burning people at the stake. It wasn’t a case of them not wanting to do it anymore, but more a case of them just not being allowed to and that might in itself be enough reason to puke when the converted catholic Tony Blair tells us that extremist religion is at the root of 21st century wars. Of course, the myopic, self-centred Tony, will no doubt view his own “new old” religion purely as a source of a personal salvation that will facilitate him living for eternity. This is a man who is unable to come to terms not only with the horrific crimes against humanity that he has committed, but also with his own mortality.
Still, might this “true friend of Israel” be right to some extent.? After all, not only is the Jewish state continuing with its ongoing ethnic cleansing of illegally occupied land, while actively destabilizing the countries in the region, but we also have some of Mr Blair’s other friends in the region wanting nothing less than to turn the clock back to 680 AD and the Battle of Karbala.
Nevertheless, the conclusion not only has to be that neither the Iraq war nor the Afghanistan war were about religion, but also that ongoing conflicts in the Middle East and elsewhere have really very little to do with different interpretations of the great gobbledygook..
These wars, caused by criminals such as Blair, are primarily about power and stealing resources. Still, when you are committing crimes against humanity how convenient it is to attempt to tell the world that you are battling religious extremism, even if you have to get a few religious extremists on side to help you commit your crime.