Friday, November 13, 2015

Those who live by the sword shall die by the sword

It would appear that Mohammed Emwazi, the DAESH executioner often known in the media as "Jihadi John" has been sent to be judged by the highest court of all ...

Here is David Cameron's statement on the subject.

And this is what the leader of Her Majesty's opposition had to say:

“We await identification of the person targeted in last night’s US air attack in Syria. It appears Mohammed Emwazi has been held to account for his brutal and callous crimes. However, it would have been far better for us all if he had been held to account in a court of law. These events only underline the necessity of accelerating international efforts, under the auspices of the UN, to bring an end to the Syrian conflict as part of a comprehensive regional settlement.”

Let's get real here. If either Britain or the US had a realistic prospect of capturing Emwazi and putting him in front of a court, I would have been all in favour of doing so.

But we didn't. The choice we actually had was either to allow him and other Jihadi murderers to continue killing innocent people, or to take military action against a group who have openly declared that they consider themselves at war, not just with the West, but with hundreds of millions of Muslims.

We should never order our armed forces to kill someone lightly or without real evidence that they are a threat and that their actions merit the use of extreme force.

But a man who had gleefully broadcast footage of the abominable murders he committed against totally innocent people like Kenji Goto, David Haines and Alan Henning had shown himself to be both a killer and a threat.

As the prophet Mohammed wrote, “Whoever kills a person who has a truce with the Muslims will never smell the fragrance of Paradise.”

and the Holy Qu'ran says (5:33)

"the taking of one innocent life is like taking all of Mankind ...

Emwazi beheaded unarmed people who had been taking food, water and medical supplies to sick and hungry Muslim children. If that doesn't put him on the wrong side of those instructions from the Prophet and the  Qu'ran, it is difficult to know what would.

"Any man's death diminishes me." But Mohammed Ewazi's death diminishes me less than that of any of his victims - and less than the deaths of the additional victims he would certainly have killed had the US not taken action against him.

And as "General Boles" put on twitter this morning, there is an easy way to avoid being killed by a US or RAF drone:

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