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Blair stands by battle to beat fanatics.

TONY Blair yesterday insisted "significant blows" had been struck in the war on terror but admitted: "It's not over."

The former Prime Minister defended the actions he took after 9/11 and said it was "deeply naive" to believe the West had radicalised extremist Muslims.

He said: "It is not because of something we are doing to them.

"They believe in what they believe in because they believe their religion compels them to believe in it."

Mr Blair warned: ''The way to defeat this ideology ultimately is by a better idea, and we have it, which is a way of life based on openness, democracy, freedom and the rule of law."
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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Sep 11, 2011
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