Blair pleads alliance to protect 'global values'
He pointed to recent elections in both Iraq and Afghanistan as symbols of the values he was advocating in the countries.Updated: Mar 27, 2006 20:07 IST
British Prime Minister has urged international alliance to protect 'global values' of fairness, justice and freedom.
Addressing a rare joint sitting of the Australian Parliament, Blair pledged to keep the British troops in Afghanistan and Iraq until the countries were "stabilised".
He also pointed out that while Britain supported the Kyoto protocol on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, Australia did not.
He said protection of European agriculture markets was "a policy born of another age and that it was time to end it. But change in Europe alone would not go far enough, he said, stressing that countries like America, Japan, Brazil and India should open up.
"We must agree on a development package for the poorest that includes 100 per cent market access and aid for trade, he said.
Blair told the Parliament that the "immediate threat was from Islamist extremism," which he said was "not a passing spasm of anger, but a global ideology at war with us and our way of life."
"If we want to secure our way of life, there is no alternative but to fight for it. "That means standing up for our values not just in our own countries but the world over."
The struggle was not just against "those who hate us," but also against opponents who believe Britain and its allies fight for their values selectively. "This struggle is about justice and fairness as well as security and prosperity," he said. "And in truth, today there is no prosperity without security and no security without justice. That is the consequence of an interconnected world."
He pointed to recent elections in both Iraq and Afghanistan as symbols of the values he was advocating and said those countries were "engaged in a titanic struggle to be free of a legacy of oppression, stagnation and servitude."
First Published: Mar 27, 2006 20:07 IST