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Tony Blair Warns ‘Dangerous’ Islamists Are Taking Advantage Of Arab Spring

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 29, 2011

Western governments were wrong to prop up Middle Eastern dictatorships in the mistaken belief it would create stability, Tony Blair has said.

The former prime minister said that in the past the West was “too reluctant to push those dictatorships on a path to democracy” in a mistaken belief that its interests lay in stability rather than freedom for the peoples of the region.

Speaking on the BBC’s Today programme on Thursday, Blair said that while it was better to have democracies than dictatorships, it would have been preferable if the Arab Spring could have been averted in favour of a slower “evolutionary” move towards democracy.

“I think it’s better if we had been able to promote evolution of these countries so rather than revolution that will cause quite a lot of difficulties, not simply for us, but for people of these countries. Look at what has happened to Egypt’s growth rates and tourist industry,” he said.

Blair admitted he had to be a bit “self critical” and acknowledge that he should have “promoted more strongly a concept of evolutionary change” while in power.

Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

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