British ISIS Fighters Must Be Killed in Almost All Cases, Says Minister
The only way to deal with British ISIS terrorists in almost every case is to kill them, a British international development minister has said.
Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live’s “Pienaar’s Politics” Rory Stewart said that killing the ISIS terrorists was the only option to dealing with them because they believe in an “extremely hateful doctrine” and pose a serious threat to British security.
Stewart, a former diplomat, said there were “difficult moral issues” involved.
“They are absolutely dedicated, as members of the Islamic state, toward 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.
“So I’m afraid we have to be serious about the fact these people are a serious danger to us, and unfortunately the only way of dealing with them will be, in almost every case, to kill them,” he said.
He added, “These are people who are executing people in the back of their heads, who have held women and children hostage, who are torturing and murdering, trying by violence to impose their will. Our response has to be, when somebody does that, I’m afraid, to deal with that.”
MI5 had previously said that about 850 people have traveled from the UK to Syria to join ISIS.
In a tweet posted on Monday, Oct. 23, Stewart clarified his point, emphasizing that people should be treated within the law, and that ISIS is a death cult.
Clearly combatants shd be treated in accordance with law. My point was simply that ISIS is a death-cult which usually fights to the death.
— Rory Stewart (@RoryStewartUK) October 23, 2017
Stewart said that people should not be going to volunteer in Syria.
“If you wish to serve your country and you wish to fight terrorism, then please apply to join the military or join the police or join our intelligence services, we’ll train you, we’ll work with you to do it in a legal and controlled fashion,” he said.
But Max Hill QC, the independent reviewer of terrorism in the UK, has a different view.
He recently told the BBC that young people who “naively” join ISIS and go to fight in Syria should be allowed to come back to the UK. He said that it was not worth losing a generation of young people and they should be allowed to rejoin society.
Around a week ago, the head of Britain’s security service, Andrew Parker, told journalists of the “intense” threat from Islamic terrorism and that it was the worst he had known in his 34-year career.
“That threat is multidimensional, evolving rapidly, and operating at a scale and pace we’ve not seen before,” he said.