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September 24th, 2013
07:57 PM ET

Tony Blair on militant groups: "They're prepared to fight without hesitation, kill without mercy and die without regret"

In New York for the United Nations General Assembly, on Tuesday Tony Blair takes a few moments out of his schedule to converse with his fellow countryman, Piers Morgan.

Discussing the ongoing violence and unrest in the Middle East, the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom shares his unique perspective and informed analysis:

"I think there is one big battle going on. It is an ideological struggle between radical Islam and the more moderate and modern-minded people within Islam," says the man formally known as the Right Honourable Tony Blair. "I think it's relevant to the Middle East, but not centered solely in the Middle East. And I think we have to take a side in it."

On the heels of a deadly shooting at a mall in Kenya, and amidst the continued uprising of various radicalized terror sects, Blair offers his opinion as how best to handle the recurring threats:

"That's the difficulty we got into in Afghanistan and Iraq," Blair tells the "Piers Morgan Live" host, referring to militant groups like Al-Shabaab. "The trouble with these people is they're prepared to fight without hesitation, kill without mercy and die without regret. So what that means is in any situation where they're involved, they're going to be tough to beat. Now, in my view, you do have to beat them."

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  1. Griff

    "Turd stool?? Did I hear you correctly, Pierse?

    September 24, 2013 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • SandyMashal

      Our media is so sad!!! INSTIGATORS! THAT'S WHAT THEY ARE!!!! WHO CARES WHAT IT TAKES TO STOP THE KILLING! SHAKE THIS HAND OR THAT HAND? OR WHAT MAKES THEM OR US LOOK BAD, WEAK OR STRONG? ARE YOU KIDDING ME? TO OUR MEDIA YOU HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO BRING US UN BIAS, ACCURATE, NEWS FROM BOTH SIDES OF ANY ISSUE!!!! NOT TO INSTIGATE!!!!!!! YOUR WORDS CAN BRING NATIONS TO WAR! YOU SHOULDN'T HAVE THAT POWER! PEOPLE ARE DYING!!!!!! DON'T YOU CARE OF THE POWER YOUR WORDS CARRY AROUND THE WORLD? STOP IT ALREADY!!!!!!!!!!

      September 25, 2013 at 3:40 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Griff

    Battery, running out of power Pierse.

    September 24, 2013 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. gilles

    what's wrong with this country? are we going back under the queens throne ? british journalist with tony blair ex british prime minister!!! so we don't have a good enough journalist with no good enough politicians ?

    September 24, 2013 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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    Hope Dems don't force the government to shut down over their stubbornness with Obamacare. it has been their way or the highway from the moment Obamacare was proposed. will Dems shut down the govt over it? Of course we know Obama and his many friends in tthe media will continue with the storyline that it is all the fault of Republicans.

    September 24, 2013 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. angel

    WE NEED TO LOOK UP TO OUR MILITARY MEN AN WOMEN THERE THE ONLY ONES THAT GIVE US COURAGE FOR THE BRAVE .WE NEED TO PUT OUR AMERICAN FLAGS UP EVERYWHERE TO SHOW US MILITARY FIGHTS FOR OUR COUNTRY HOME OF THE BRAVE PRAY FOR THEM AN OBAMA AN THE SUFFERING THAT GOD GIVE US GUIDANCE REST NO WORRIES AN PEACE TALK OUR PASTORS IN OUR OUR CHURCHES TO HAVE A CANDLE LITE PRAYER MEETING FOR EVERYTHINGS GOIN ON IN THIS WORLD.WE NEED WISDOM.

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    What did i say, well, guess your the only one who gets the right.

    September 24, 2013 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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    Hey Pierce,
    Check out a videos on the war criminal Blair produced by David Lawley Welker of London. I am appaulled that you have an insane in-bread like Blair so he can sell us another war in the Middle East. Cor

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