A British minister has sparked controversy by saying quite literally what almost every sane person on the planet is thinking. When asked what should be done about British citizens who go out to Syria to fight for ISIS, he said that “the only way of dealing with them will be, in almost every case, to kill them.”
This comes after it was reported that around half of the Brits who went to fight for ISIS have already returned to the UK (thought to be around 400 returned, the fact that we don’t have an accurate figure is in itself extremely troubling.)
Rory Stewart said that these people who leave Britain are engaged in horrific acts and are willing to kill others and themselves and that they have no allegiance to their country. Instead of bringing them back and trying to help them, he suggests that it would be better to kill them whilst they are overseas.
“They are absolutely dedicated, as members of the Islamic State, towards the creation of a caliphate, they believe in an extremely hateful doctrine which involves killing themselves, killing others and trying to use violence and brutality to create an eighth century, or seventh century, state.”
But isn’t he just saying out loud what almost everyone wants? Why is there such an outcry from the media on this? Yes, it is sad that young people have been brainwashed and radicalized into the ISIS ideology, but allowing them to come back poses a real and present danger to innocent citizens.
Sometimes in life, you have to take responsibility for the decisions you have made. And it’s time for these ISIS fighters to accept that there should be no way back.