Former UK Prime Minister, Tony Blair lays his assessment squarely on the line that Islamic theocracy and radicalism undermines security including economic security that is the foundation for everything else. If there is anything to be shared commonly with China, Russia, and the G20 it is that radical Islam is an acute problem.
Some have argued that Islam is deficient at its core. Others argue that religions are an antiquated way for humanity to cope and manage their daily lives. The American strategy laid forth in the Constitution is to try to accommodate all beliefs so long that none undermine freedom and liberty for all. Separating religion from government is an attempt at that. Another approach on a global scale is to solicit adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Having said that, Russia is a cosigner to that declaration, but look what good that has done. In fact 48 nations have signed it including Iran.
“Russia is the signatory to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and has also ratified a number of other international human rights instruments, including the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (fully) and theEuropean Convention of Human Rights (with reservations). These international law instruments take precedence over national legislation according to Chapter 1, Article 15 of the Constitution.”
Back into focus, Tony Blair zeroed in on the Middle East and radical Islam.
“He said: "For the last 40 to 50 years, there has been a steady stream of funding, proselytising, organising and promulgating coming out of the Middle East, pushing views of religion that are narrow minded and dangerous. Unfortunately we seem blind to the enormous global impact such teaching has had and is having.
"Within the Middle East itself, the result has been horrible, with people often facing a choice between authoritarian government that is at least religiously tolerant; and the risk that in throwing off the government they don't like, they end up with a religiously intolerant quasi-theocracy."
In the broader context, the drivers for the abuse of human rights and liberties, and a good life for all persons, lay with deficiencies in how human beings organize their governments to address common needs in concert with individual liberties. When religious systems are commingled, it makes matters more complicated. The trouble with Islam is that it presents barriers to freedom and liberty, which are tied to mythology that people should not be forced to believe.