Blair warning over deep-rooted radical Islam

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Former British prime minister Tony Blair warned Sunday that the roots of radical Islam are far deeper than we think and said Al-Qaeda would have killed 300,000 on September 11, 2001 if they could.

"This is actually more like the phenomenon of revolutionary communism," Blair said in an interview with ABC News, commenting on the reach of Islamic extremism.

"It's the religious or cultural equivalent of it, and its roots are deep, its tentacles are long, and its narrative about Islam stretches far further than we think into even parts of mainstream opinion who abhor the extremism, but sort of buy some of the rhetoric that goes with it," he added.

Blair said he didn't understand fully the phenomenon at the time of 9/11, when Al-Qaeda operatives hijacked planes and crashed two of them into the World Trade Center in New York, killing about 3,000 people.

"If these people could have killed 30,000 or 300,000, they would have," Blair warned.

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