According to the UK’s Minister for International Development, the only way to deal with British ISIS fighter and volunteers is to kill them “in almost every case”.
Rory Stewart, the Minister for International Development, has claimed that the only way to deal with these people in most cases is to kill them. He claimed that when they converted to such a “hateful” ideology, they gave up any allegiance that they may have had to Great Britain, and actively fought against it.
He said that the return of such people back home is extremely dangerous.
Stewart’s comments have come soon after a similar statement was made by Defense Secretary Michael Fallon. Sir Fallon is quoted as saying:
“If you are a British national in Iraq or Syria and if you have chosen to fight for [Isis] – an illegal organisation that is preparing and inspiring terror attacks on our streets – then you have made yourself a legitimate target and you run the risk every hour of every day of being on the wrong end of an RAF or a United States missile.”
When asked about the comments that he had made during an appearance on BBC Radio 5 Live’s Pienaar’s Politics, Mr Stewart said they were “very difficult moral issues”.
He also stated: “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 8th Century, or 7th 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.”
Meanwhile, the Independent Reviewer Of Terrorism Legislation claimed that those who joined naively should be spared when they return home. This has been seen by many as a privilege that should not be afforded to people who are a part of a terrorist organization. When questioned on this stance Rory Stewart said:
“If they came back to the UK they need to be arrested and tried in accordance with normal British law,” he said.
“And then you need to work with them as you work with anyone else.”
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