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The Rise of Radical Islam

Radical Islam is on the rise. From Africa to the Middle East and China, evidence abounds as to this fact; the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant(ISIL) in Syria and Iraq, al Shabaab in Africa - Somalia and Kenya especially, with other groups in Yemen and elsewhere, Boko Haram in Nigeria and the East Turkestan movement in Xinjiang province, China. Why are these groups flourishing?

In a speech in London, England in April, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair described radicalized Islam as a growing threat. Blair who joined former US President George Bush in sending troops into Iraq in 2003, called on western nations to set aside differences with Russia and China to focus on what he perceived as the growing threat from radical Islam. Also at that time Blair called for support of Egypt's army against the ousted Morsi's government and the Muslim Brotherhood which he called bad because it was "taking over the traditions and institutions of the country(Egypt)."

So if Tony Blair is understood: all differences with human rights violators Russia and China should be set aside to concentrate on radicalized Islam. Wow! Tony Blair apparently fails to grasp that regimes like Russia and China give rise to radical extremist reactionary groups. So the notion to cooperate with the sparks of radicalism in order to check a seemingly inevitable effect of authoritarianism and corruption is preposterous. Blair's view has to be incorrect. An effective amended view would be Worldwide cooperation against terrorism to ensure that sectarian conflicts do not transcend their confined borders.

Radical Islam is on the rise because of historical corruption and sectarian biases by governments of inflicting nation states that have failed to provide adequate means of recourse to grieving sects. When conflicts arise, Western nations could respond when the scope of such conflicts threaten or adversely effect vital strategic interests.